John Benitez

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John "Jellybean" BenitezJohn Benitez_header_cell_0_0_0
Also known asJohn Benitez_header_cell_0_1_0 JellybeanJohn Benitez_cell_0_1_1
BornJohn Benitez_header_cell_0_2_0 (1957-11-07) November 7, 1957 (age 63)

South Bronx, New York, United StatesJohn Benitez_cell_0_2_1

OriginJohn Benitez_header_cell_0_3_0 New York CityJohn Benitez_cell_0_3_1
GenresJohn Benitez_header_cell_0_4_0 Freestyle, electro-funk, houseJohn Benitez_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)John Benitez_header_cell_0_5_0 Songwriter, musician, producerJohn Benitez_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsJohn Benitez_header_cell_0_6_0 guitarJohn Benitez_cell_0_6_1
Years activeJohn Benitez_header_cell_0_7_0 1980–presentJohn Benitez_cell_0_7_1
LabelsJohn Benitez_header_cell_0_8_0 Jellybean Music Group

Chrysalis/EMI Records EMI RecordsJohn Benitez_cell_0_8_1

Associated actsJohn Benitez_header_cell_0_9_0 Madonna, Whitney HoustonJohn Benitez_cell_0_9_1

John Benitez (born November 7, 1957), also known as Jellybean, is an American drummer, guitarist, songwriter, DJ, remixer and music producer of Puerto Rican descent. John Benitez_sentence_0

He has produced and remixed artists such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and the Pointer Sisters. John Benitez_sentence_1

In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked him as the 99th most successful dance artist of all-time. John Benitez_sentence_2

Early years John Benitez_section_0

Benitez's parents moved from Puerto Rico in the early 1950s to the South Bronx section of New York City. John Benitez_sentence_3

His mother raised Benitez and a younger sibling as a single mother. John Benitez_sentence_4

He grew up enjoying music, usually listening to his sister's record collection. John Benitez_sentence_5

His sister Debbie, nicknamed him Jellybean as his initials are J.B. and from the expression "Know what I mean, Jellybean?" John Benitez_sentence_6

Benitez attended De Witt Clinton High School and John F. Kennedy High School, but did not graduate. John Benitez_sentence_7

He relocated to Manhattan in 1975, attending disco nightclubs, which sparked his interest in becoming a disc jockey (DJ). John Benitez_sentence_8

He worked at a nightclub called Experiment 4 & Electric Circus. John Benitez_sentence_9

In 1980 Benitez enrolled and attended Bronx Community College, where he studied Marketing and Sales Promotion. John Benitez_sentence_10

Benitez worked as a DJ at Electric Circus, Hurrah, Xenon, Paradise Garage and Studio 54. John Benitez_sentence_11

In 1981, he was hired as the resident DJ at Funhouse. John Benitez_sentence_12

He hosted a weekend dance radio show at WKTU. John Benitez_sentence_13

Personal life John Benitez_section_1

Benitez was Madonna's boyfriend early in her career. John Benitez_sentence_14

He later married Carolyn Effer, a model, but later divorced. John Benitez_sentence_15

They have two daughters, Layla Benitez & Reya Benitez. John Benitez_sentence_16

Music career John Benitez_section_2

Madonna John Benitez_section_3

Benitez started to remix singles, such as Jimmy Spicer's "The Bubble Bunch," Rocker's Revenge's "Walking on Sunshine," Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" and Stephen Bray of the group Breakfast Club. John Benitez_sentence_17

Benitez met Bray's bandmate at the time, Madonna. John Benitez_sentence_18

A two-year romance developed. John Benitez_sentence_19

Benitez became involved with remixing Madonna's self-titled debut album in 1983, including the singles "Burning Up", "Borderline", and "Lucky Star." John Benitez_sentence_20

He also produced "Holiday." John Benitez_sentence_21

Other artists John Benitez_section_4

Benitez produced Whitney Houston's Top ten hit "Love Will Save the Day" from her second album Whitney. John Benitez_sentence_22

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. John Benitez_sentence_23

Jellybean name John Benitez_section_5

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. John Benitez_sentence_24

Nine recordings placed in the Top Ten of the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including three number ones. John Benitez_sentence_25

Other vocalists who have performed on a Jellybean release include Adele Bertei, Richard Darbyshire and Niki Haris. John Benitez_sentence_26

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. John Benitez_sentence_27

He was successful in the United Kingdom as an artist in his own right. John Benitez_sentence_28

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. John Benitez_sentence_29

Impresario John Benitez_section_6

Benitez continues to deejay globally. John Benitez_sentence_30

He owns Jellybean Productions, Jellybean Soul and Jellybean Music Group. John Benitez_sentence_31

In 1995, he founded the now-defunct H.O.L.A. John Benitez_sentence_32

recording label (House of Latin Artists) which developed hip hop and R&B music by bilingual artists and released recordings in both English and Spanish. John Benitez_sentence_33

Voices of Theory signed with this label. John Benitez_sentence_34

On September 19, 2005, Benitez was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. John Benitez_sentence_35

SiriusXM John Benitez_section_7

Benitez is now the executive producer of Studio 54 Radio, which is heard exclusively on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Channel 54). John Benitez_sentence_36

Studio 54 Radio launched August 15, 2011. John Benitez_sentence_37

It features 1970s and 1980s classic dance from Jellybean's personal collection and the vaults and collections of Studio 54 insiders. John Benitez_sentence_38

Partial discography John Benitez_section_8

Production John Benitez_section_9

Selected remixes John Benitez_section_10

Discography John Benitez_section_11

Albums John Benitez_section_12

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  • Wotupski!?! 1984John Benitez_item_0_0
  • Just Visiting This Planet 1987John Benitez_item_0_1
  • Jellybean Rocks The House 1988John Benitez_item_0_2
  • Spillin' the Beans 1991John Benitez_item_0_3
  • A Celebration in Sound 2010John Benitez_item_0_4

Singles John Benitez_section_13

Motion Picture / Television John Benitez_section_14

Benitez composed the theme song to The Ricki Lake Show and The Charles Perez Show. John Benitez_sentence_39

He produced motion pictures and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy for his role as an Executive Producer for HBO's For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story starring Andy Garcia. John Benitez_sentence_40

He served as music supervisor and created and mixed tunes for many soundtracks. John Benitez_sentence_41

Music Supervisor John Benitez_section_15

Among the motion pictures for which he served as Music Supervisor are: John Benitez_sentence_42

Soundtrack works John Benitez_section_16

Among the motion picture soundtracks for which he created and mixed tunes are: John Benitez_sentence_43

Television works John Benitez_section_17

Among the television show soundtracks for which he created and mixed tunes are: John Benitez_sentence_44

See also John Benitez_section_18

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