Seymour Stein: Championed Acts Like Madonna and the Ramones and Helped Found the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

From a New York Times obit by Ben Sisario headlined “Seymour Stein, Record Industry Giant Who Signed Madonna, Dies at 80”:

It was early 1957, and a nervous teenager named Seymour Steinbigle sat in a midtown office with his father and a hard-bitten record producer who was offering to mentor the young man in the ways of the music business.

“Listen,” the producer, Syd Nathan, told the skeptical parent. “Your son has shellac in his veins,” referring to the brittle material used in 78 r.p.m. records.