Mark Kamins, Madonna's Producer Who Helped Launch Her Career, Dies
February 16th 2013
Pioneering DJ and producer Mark Kamins, who was instrumental in facilitating the signing of Madonna to Sire Records in 1982, has died.
, noted for always living his
life in the grandest of fashions, had apparently been struggling with heart problems for some months.
Legend has it that he
took the budding superstar and clubland habitue Madonna Ciccone under his
wing, passing her
demo on to Sire Records honcho Seymour Stein, who quickly signed her
- the rest, of course, is pop history.
, who also produced her
nascent single "Everybody," would be the first in a line of high-profile Madonna beaus, eventually to be usurped by the likes of Jellybean Benitez and, of course, many others.
A significant talent in his
own right, he
went on to work with radical performance artist Karen Finley, as well as 80's musical giants such as David Byrne, the Beastie Boys and Sinead O'Connor.
Benitez wrote on Facebook: "So sad to learn of the passing of Mark Kamins
I will never forget the first time we met and how much we laughed ...
I also loved watching and listening to you DJ at Danceteria
I never knew what you would play next ... U are and will always be an inspiration to many ...
I will miss u ... Rest in Peace my friend."
Downtown documentarian Steve Lewis writes on BlackBookMag.com that Kamins
"was brilliant yet lost, a good friend but often very much a loner.
, I'll miss you!