|John "Jellybean" Benitez|
|Also known as||Jellybean|
|Born||(1957-11-07) November 7, 1957 (age 63)
South Bronx, New York, United States
|Origin||New York City|
|Genres||Freestyle, electro-funk, house|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, musician, producer|
|Labels||Jellybean Music Group|
|Associated acts||Madonna, Whitney Houston|
In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked him as the 99th most successful dance artist of all-time.
His mother raised Benitez and a younger sibling as a single mother.
He grew up enjoying music, usually listening to his sister's record collection.
His sister Debbie, nicknamed him Jellybean as his initials are J.B. and from the expression "Know what I mean, Jellybean?"
He worked at a nightclub called Experiment 4 & Electric Circus.
In 1980 Benitez enrolled and attended Bronx Community College, where he studied Marketing and Sales Promotion.
In 1981, he was hired as the resident DJ at Funhouse.
Benitez was Madonna's boyfriend early in her career.
He later married Carolyn Effer, a model, but later divorced.
They have two daughters, Layla Benitez & Reya Benitez.
Benitez met Bray's bandmate at the time, Madonna.
A two-year romance developed.
He also produced "Holiday."
He remixed songs for many other artists including Olivia Newton-John, Sting, Hall & Oates, George Benson, Shalamar, Jocelyn Brown, Patti Austin, Bobby O, Sheena Easton, Talking Heads, James Ingram, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, John Waite, The Pointer Sisters, Debbie Harry, a-ha, Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis and the News and Paul McCartney.
Benitez scored two 1980s US pop hits released under the Jellybean name: "Sidewalk Talk" (US #18), written by Madonna and featuring Catherine Buchanan; and "Who Found Who" (US #16), featuring Elisa Fiorillo.
Nine recordings placed in the Top Ten of the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including three number ones.
His 1984 cover of Babe Ruth's "The Mexican" (for which he recruited original singer, Janita Haan) is regarded as a pivotal moment in the electro-hip hop underground scene, and was his first number-one single on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
He was successful in the United Kingdom as an artist in his own right.
His hits there included:- "Sidewalk Talk" (UK #47, 1986) ; "The Real Thing" (UK #13, 1987) featuring Steven Dante; "Who Found Who" (UK #10, 1988) with Elisa Fiorillo; "Jingo" (UK #13, 1988) and "Just a Mirage" (UK #13, 1988) with vocals by Adele Bertei.
Benitez continues to deejay globally.
He owns Jellybean Productions, Jellybean Soul and Jellybean Music Group.
In 1995, he founded the now-defunct H.O.L.A.
Voices of Theory signed with this label.
On September 19, 2005, Benitez was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.
Benitez is now the executive producer of Studio 54 Radio, which is heard exclusively on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Channel 54).
Studio 54 Radio launched August 15, 2011.
It features 1970s and 1980s classic dance from Jellybean's personal collection and the vaults and collections of Studio 54 insiders.
- Wotupski!?! 1984
- Just Visiting This Planet 1987
- Jellybean Rocks The House 1988
- Spillin' the Beans 1991
- A Celebration in Sound 2010
Motion Picture / Television
He served as music supervisor and created and mixed tunes for many soundtracks.
Among the motion pictures for which he served as Music Supervisor are:
Among the motion picture soundtracks for which he created and mixed tunes are:
Among the television show soundtracks for which he created and mixed tunes are:
- List of club DJs
- List of Puerto Ricans
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- List of house music artists
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John Benitez.