Seymour Stein: A Chronology
Seymour Stein: A Chronology

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

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.

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

Stein spends the summers interning at King Records in Cincinnati.

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.

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.

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

Sire is officially launched as a record label.

The first Sire releases appear, distributed by London Records.

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

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

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.

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.

Warner Bros. purchases 50% of Sire.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Stein revives Blue Horizon with former partner Gottehrer.

Stein receives the Billboard Icon Award.

Timeline compiled by Fred Bronson.