16 Facts About Seymour Stein


Seymour Stein co-founded Sire Records and was vice president of Warner Bros.


Seymour Stein was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.


Seymour Stein then became an assistant to impresario George Goldner, who had formed Red Bird Records with songwriters Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller in 1963.


Seymour Stein founded Sire Productions in 1966 with Gottehrer, each investing ten thousand dollars into the new company, which led to the formation of Sire Records.


That year, Seymour Stein had an opportunity to sign Jimi Hendrix, praising him for his original material, but ultimately decided against doing so after witnessing Hendrix smash his guitar on one occasion and argue with his friend, Linda Keith, on successive occasions.


Gottehrer left the label in 1974 to concentrate on production; Seymour Stein then focussed on checking new acts in the New York Clubs and on his wife's recommendation arranged for the Ramones to do a showcase, signing them in 1975.


Seymour Stein signed Madonna from his hospital bed after hearing her track "Everybody" in 1982.

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Seymour Stein was the president of Sire Records as well as vice president of Warner Bros.


Seymour Stein had had a marketing and distribution deal from 1976 to 1994 and again from April 2003 until his retirement.


Seymour Stein was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14,2005, under the lifetime-achievement category.


On June 9,2016, Seymour Stein was honored with the Richmond Hitmaker Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Seymour Stein was the subject of an eponymous song by the Scottish musical group Belle and Sebastian about a failed attempt to sign the group.


Seymour Stein was the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Dance Music Awards in 2010.


Seymour Stein was married to the music promoter and real estate executive Linda Seymour Stein and together the couple had two daughters.


Seymour Stein published his autobiography, Siren Song: My Life in Music, in 2018.


Seymour Stein died of cancer at home in Los Angeles on April 2,2023, aged 80.