Seymour Stein: A Chronology
Seymour Stein: A Chronology

1942:Seymour Stein
Seymour Stein is born in Brooklyn on April 18.

1955:
At age 13, Stein visits Tommy Noonan in the Billboard chart department and asks permission to copy down in longhand the pop, R&B and country singles charts for every week going back to the year he was born.

1957;
Two years later, Stein completes his chart project and is hired by Noonan as a clerk in Billboard's chart department.

1957-58:
Stein spends the summers interning at King Records in Cincinnati.

1959:
Stein graduates from high school and enrolls in college. Eight weeks into his studies, he leaves school and returns to Billboard to work full-time.

1961:
Stein moves to Cincinnati to work for King Records and stays with the label for two years.

1963:Seymour Stein
Stein moves back to New York and takes a job with the Red Bird label, working as assistant to label founder George Goldner.

1966:
Red Bird is dissolved. Stein forms Sire Productions with record producer Richard Gottehrer.

1967:
Sire is officially launched as a record label.

1968:
The first Sire releases appear, distributed by London Records.

1970:
Stein sets up American distribution for British blues label Blue Horizon with Polydor.

1972:
Sire's distribution is picked up by Famous Music, now owned by ABC Records.

1973:
Sire Records has its first hit single with "Hocus Pocus," an instrumental by the Dutch group Focus.

1975:Seymour and the Ramones
Stein sees the Ramones at CBGB and signs them to Sire.

1976:
Stein signs a distribution deal with Warner Bros. for the Sire label. The Ramones release their debut album, recorded for $6,000. In November, the Talking Heads sign to Sire.

1978:
Warner Bros. purchases 50% of Sire.

1979:;
Sire has its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Pop Muzik" by M.

1980:
Warner Bros. buys the remaining half of Stein's label.

1980:
Sire buys U.K. label Real, home to the Pretenders. The group's first Sire chart single, "Brass in Pocket (I'm Special)," peaks at No. 14 on the Hot 100.

1982:
Stein signs Madonna from his hospital bed, where he's recovering from a heart infection. Her "Everybody" just misses the Hot 100 at the end of the year, peaking at No. 107 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart in early 1983.

1983:Madonna
Madonna's Sire single "Holiday" brings her to the Hot 100 for the first time. The song debuts in October and peaks in 1984 at No. 16.

1995:
The Sire/Warner Bros. relationship ends as Stein becomes president of Elektra Records and brings Sire to Elektra Entertainment Group.

1997:
Stein forms Sire Records Group, which includes the Sire and Discovery labels.

2000:
Sire signs a distribution deal with London Records and is known as London-Sire.

2003:
Sire returns to Warner Bros. for distribution and is again known as Sire Records.

2005:
Stein is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 30th anniversary of Sire is celebrated with the release of a four-disc boxed set, Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story.

2010:
Stein revives Blue Horizon with former partner Gottehrer.

2012:
Stein receives the Billboard Icon Award.

Timeline compiled by Fred Bronson.

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