Seymour Stein, the brash, foresighted, and highly successful co-founder of Sire Records in 1966 with Richard Gottehrer has died aged 80.
He is instrumental in the rise to fame of several bands, including Talking Heads, The Ramones, and The Pretenders, as well as Madonna in 1982, who went on to have a phenomenally successful career in the music industry.
Stein was a supporter of new wave and punk rock, which is evidenced by the bands Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, and The Undertones which he signed to his company.
In addition to this, he was one of the pioneers in the music industry who helped establish the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Brian Wilson, a member of The Beach Boys, was also signed to Sire, and he released his first solo album for the label in the year 1988. Seal, k.d. lang, and Lou Reed were both artists signed to the label at the same time.
Seymour Stein Cause Of Death
Stein was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and helped found the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.
He passed away in Los Angeles due to cancer, according to a statement released by his family.
Seymour Stein Career
On March 18, 1942, Stein was born in the borough of Brooklyn, New York. Stein was raised in a Jewish family and gained an early affinity for music during this time in his life.
In the early 1960s, he began his career in the music industry by taking a job at Billboard magazine. He went on to work for the King and Gone record labels in the years that followed.
Since he was a child, he had been preoccupied with the Billboard music charts, and he would go on to demonstrate that he was an excellent talent evaluator throughout the New Wave era of the 1970s.
He was instrumental in popularizing the term “New Wave” by negotiating record deals with Talking Heads, the Ramones, and the Pretenders.
Stein and Richard Gottehrer established Sire Records together in the year 1966.
After the record company had initially been unsuccessful in its pursuit of commercial success, it was The Ramones’ signing in 1976 that catapulted Sire into the mainstream.
His surviving loved ones include his wife Linda S. Stein and their daughter Mandy Stein.
Seymour Stein Net Worth
Seymour Stein passed away at the age of 80. It was believed that he had a net worth of 5 million dollars.
Seymour Stein Wife Linda S. Stein And Daughters
Mandy Stein, an actress and director, and Samantha Lee Jacobs, an executive in the record and real estate industries, were Stein’s two children with Linda Adler, a record promoter and real estate executive.
Samantha Lee Jacobs passed away in 2013 from brain cancer. Sidney Stein and his wife divorced in the 1970s, and it was only many years later that he came out as gay.
In 2007, Stein’s ex-wife Linda was killed by her personal assistant, and in 2013, their daughter Samantha Jacobs lost her battle with brain cancer. Both of their deaths occurred in the same year.
Sunday night, the daughter Mandy Stein published a statement in which she claimed, “I grew up surrounded by music.
I did not have the most conventional childhood, but I wouldn’t change anything about my life or my connection with my father.
He was a loving and caring grandfather who enjoyed spending every moment with his three grandchildren.”
The Introducer Of Madonna
When he first heard Madonna‘s demo tape in the early 1980s, she was a relatively unknown singer-dancer performing in a New York City club at the time. This proved to be his most lucrative find.
He famously signed her when she went to see him at the side of his hospital bed as he was recovering from open-heart surgery. At the time, she was performing as an unknown act in a Manhattan club.
During her time recording with Sire, she collected a total of 23 top-ten tracks, including 10 number-one singles, three chart-topping albums, and a total of 23 top-ten singles before launching her own Maverick label in 1992.
“I liked Madonna’s voice, I liked the vibe, and I liked the name Madonna,” he wrote in his memoir “Siren Song,” which was published the same year that he retired in 2018 after he had already announced his retirement.