Seymour Stein To Receive Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award At Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction
March 17, 2016 at 11:38 AM (PT)
SEYMOUR STEIN, co-founder and chairman of SIRE RECORDS, will be the 2016 recipient of the HOWIE RICHMOND HITMAKER AWARD at the 20th annual SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND AWARDS DINNER, THURSDAY, JUNE 9th at the MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL in NEW YORK CITY.
The HOWIE RICHMOND HITMAKER AWARD, named after one of the SHOF’s distinguished founders, is specifically tailored for an artist or "star maker" in the music industry who has been responsible for a substantial number of hit songs for an extended period, while recognizing the genuine significance of the song and songwriter. Previous honorees have included CLIVE DAVIS, PHIL RAMONE, WHITNEY HOUSTON, DIANA ROSS, DOUG MORRIS, GLORIA ESTEFAN, GARTH BROOKS and SIR TOM JONES.
SHOF Co-Chairs KENNETH GAMBLE and LEON HUFF called SEYMOUR STEIN "one of the last of the ‘old school record men.' His longstanding success has been based on his innate ability to anticipate the next musical wave and in signing its brightest lights. As a firm believer that ‘it all begins with a song,’ he epitomizes what the HOWIE RICHMOND HITMAKER AWARD signifies.”
SEYMOUR STEIN is the Co-founder and Chairman of SIRE RECORDS, which has been a gold mine for cutting-edge music, from popular trailblazers like TALKING HEADS and TOM TOM CLUB, THE RAMONES, THE PRETENDERS, MADONNA, DEPECHE MODE, THE SMITHS, THE CURE, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, ERASURE, THE CULT, THE UNDERTONES, MADNESS, THE REPLACEMENTS, ICE T. K.D. LANG, SEAL, EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL, AZTEC CAMERA, DINOSAUR JR., WILCO, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, PRIMAL SCREAM, APHEX TWIN and SPACEHOG. STEIN’s unique ability to anticipate musical trends, and to discover and sign the greatest artists within those movements, has left an indelible mark on pop culture and helped to launch and nurture the careers of some of music’s most memorable artists.
SIRE remains one of the WARNER MUSIC GROUP's most important brands with a roster that includes REGINA SPEKTOR, HIM, THE VERONICAS and TEGAN & SARA, along with recent additions AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, NEVER SHOUT NEVER, FOXY SHAZAAM, XIMENA and THE READY SET, artists brought to the label by CRAIG AARONSON and RYAN WHALLEY. STEIN has been associated with WARNER BROS. for nearly 35 years, and this year, the label is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
Inductees at this year’s event include ELVIS COSTELLO, MARVIN GAYE, TOM PETTY, NILE RODGERS & BERNARD EDWARDS and CHIP TAYLOR, with GAYE and EDWARDS being honored posthumously.