Mark Kamins

Mark Kamins (April 13, 1955[1] – February 14, 2013[2]) was an American record producer and disc jockey famous for his role on the New York club scene.[3]

He is best known for helping launch the career of one-time girlfriend Madonna by presenting a demo to Seymour Stein of Sire Records. He also produced her first single "Everybody" in 1982. Kamins had bugged Stein about becoming a producer, but Stein said he had to find his own artists first; when he heard the demo of "Everybody", Stein had Madonna brought to the hospital where he was admitted to sign her.[4] Another hit he signed around the same time was “Jam Hot" (1983) by then DJ Johnny Dynell.[5]


  1. ^ "Mark Kamins". Legends of Vinyl.
  2. ^ "Madonna producer Mark Kamins Dies". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ Lewis, Steve (Interviewer (December 15, 2008). "Good Night Mr. Lewis: Mark Kamins, International DJ". Blackbook Magazine.
  4. ^ Colin Devenish (August 5, 2005). "Sire Boxes Madonna, Heads: Seymour Stein chronicles label's storied history". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
  5. ^ Manning, Sean Manning (February 21, 2013). "DJ Johnny Dynell And The Glories Of New York's 80s Club Scene". The Awl.

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