Benitez, “Jellybean” [John]
- Luis-Manuel Garcia
(b South Bronx, New York, Nov 7, 1957). American producer, songwriter, label manager, and DJ of Puerto-Rican descent. Although Benitez emerged from the disco and freestyle scenes of the late 1970s as an active DJ, his work as a producer and remixer spans many popular styles and genres, including house, pop, rock, and R&B. Benitez is known as an important producer, remixer, and romantic partner of Madonna during the early 1980s. On Madonna’s eponymous début album (1983), he produced one track (“Holiday”) and provided several remixes (“Borderline,” “Burning Up,” “Lucky Star,” “Physical Attraction”). The success of these projects led to remixes for the likes of Pat Benatar, Hall and Oates, Michael Jackson, Sheena Easton, Paul McCartney, and David Bowie. He also produced Whitney Houston’s top-ten hit “Love Will Save the Day” from her sophomore album, Whitney (1987). He has released his own albums (...