born on 7/11/1957 in New York City, NY, United States

Alias John "Jellybean" Benitez

John Benitez

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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. He has produced and remixed artists such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and the Pointer Sisters.[1] In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked him as the 99th most successful dance artist of all-time.[2]

Early years

Benitez's parents moved from Puerto Rico in the early 1950s to the South Bronx section of New York City. 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?"[3][4] Benitez attended De Witt Clinton and John F. Kennedy High Schools, but did not graduate.

He relocated to Manhattan in 1975, attending disco nightclubs, which sparked his interest in becoming a disc jockey (DJ). 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. Benitez worked as a DJ at Electric Circus, Hurrah, Xenon, Paradise Garage and Studio 54. In 1981, he was hired as the resident DJ at Funhouse. He hosted a weekend dance radio show at WKTU.[1]

Music career


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. Benitez met Bray's bandmate at the time, Madonna. A two-year romance developed. Benitez became involved with remixing Madonna's self-titled debut album in 1983, including the singles "Everybody", "Borderline", and "Lucky Star." He also produced "Holiday."[1]

Other artists

Benitez produced Whitney Houston's Top ten hit "Love Will Save the Day" from her second album Whitney. He remixed songs for many other artists including 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.[1]

Jellybean name

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. Other vocalists who have performed on a Jellybean release include Adele Bertei, Richard Darbyshire and Niki Haris. 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.[1]

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.[5]


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. 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. Voices of Theory signed with this label.[1] 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.[6]

Partial discography


Selected remixes

  • Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force "Planet Rock"
  • Agent Sumo "Why?"
  • A-ha "Cry Wolf"
  • A-ha "I've Been Losing You"
  • Alphaville "Jet Set"
  • Ana "Shy Boys"
  • Bandolero "Paris Latino"
  • The Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian"
  • Billy Idol "Eyes Without A Face"
  • Billy Idol "Flesh For Fantasy"
  • Billy Joel "Tell Her About It"
  • Bonnie Tyler "Holding Out for a Hero"
  • Breakfast Club "Right On Track"
  • Cher "A Different Kind of Love Song"
  • Cher "Believe"
  • Dan Hartman "I Can Dream About You"
  • David Bowie "Blue Jean"
  • Denise Williams "Let's Hear It For the Boy"
  • Donna Summer "Eyes"
  • Donna Summer "I'm Free"
  • Earth, Wind & Fire "Magnetic"
  • Fleetwood Mac "Everywhere"
  • Fleetwood Mac "Little Lies"
  • Fleetwood Mac "Seven Wonders"
  • General Public "Tenderness"
  • George Benson "20/20"
  • Hall & Oates "Adult Education"
  • Hall & Oates "Say It Isn't So"
  • Hall & Oates "Talking All Night"
  • Huey Lewis and the News "Back in Time"
  • Huey Lewis and the News "The Power of Love"
  • Huey Lewis and the News "Heart and Soul"
  • Irene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling"
  • James Ingram & Michael McDonald (singer) "Ya Mo B There"
  • Jermaine Jackson "Dynamite"
  • Joe Jackson (musician) "You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)"
  • Jose Feliciano "Feliz Navidad (song)"
  • Madonna "Borderline"
  • Madonna "Burning Up"
  • Madonna "Dress You Up"
  • Madonna "Gambler"
  • Madonna "Holiday"
  • Madonna "Like a Virgin"
  • Madonna "Lucky Star"
  • Madonna "Material Girl"
  • Madonna "Physical Attraction"
  • Madonna "Spotlight"
  • Michael Sembello "Maniac"
  • New Order "Confusion"
  • Ollie & Jerry "Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us"
  • Ollie & Jerry "Electric Boogaloo"
  • Pat Benatar "[Invincible(Theme From The Legend Of Billie Jean)]"
  • Pat Benatar "Love Is a Battlefield"
  • Paul McCartney "Ode to a Koala Bear"
  • Paul McCartney "So Bad"
  • Paul McCartney Michael Jackson "Say Say Say"
  • Paul McCartney Michael Jackson "The Man"
  • Peter Tosh "Johnny B. Goode"
  • The Pointer Sisters "Automatic"
  • The Pointer Sisters "Jump (for My Love)"
  • The Romantics "Talking in Your Sleep"
  • Santana "Say It Again"
  • Shakira "Objection"
  • Shalamar "Dancing in the Sheets"
  • Sting "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free"
  • Talking Heads "Making Flippy Floppy"
  • Talking Heads "(Nothing But) Flowers"
  • Talking Heads "Slippery People"
  • Taylor Dayne "Original Sin"
  • USA for Africa "We Are the World"
  • Wang Chung "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"
  • Whitney Houston "How Will I Know""
  • Whitney Houston "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
  • Whitney Houston "So Emotional"
  • ZZ Top "Velcro Fly"



  • Wotupski!?! 1984
  • Just Visiting This Planet 1987
  • Jellybean Rocks The House 1988
  • Spillin' The Beans 1990
  • A Celebration in Sound 2010


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Dance
1984 "The Mexican" 1 Wotupski!?!
"Sidewalk Talk" 18 51 1 34 31 47
1987 "Who Found Who" (featuring Elisa Fiorillo) 16 3 46 95 21 10 Just Visiting This Planet
"The Real Thing" (featuring Steven Dante) 82 49 1 22 33 21 13
"Jingo" 2 16 16 44 18 19 12
1988 "Just A Mirage" (featuring Adele Bertei) 4 87 27 13
"Coming Back For More" (featuring Richard Darbyshire) 9 50 41 Jellybean Rocks The House!
1991 "What's It Gonna Be" (featuring Niki Haris) 90 2 98 Spillin' The Beans
"Spillin' The Beans" 5
2006 "New York House" (featuring Marlon D.) singles only
2008 "Secrets & Lies" (featuring Carla Prather) (promo only)
2009 "You Bring Me Joy" (featuring Su Su Bobien) (promo only) A Celebration in Sound
(as "3 Amigos" with Marlon D. & Mena Keys)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Motion Picture / Television

Benitez composed the theme song to The Ricki Lake Show and The Charles Perez Show. 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. He served as music supervisor and created and mixed tunes for many soundtracks.

Music Supervisor

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

  • Carlito's Way
  • Species
  • Mi Vida Loca
  • Get Carter
  • The Shadow
  • The Principal

Soundtrack works

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

  • Back to the Future
  • Breakin'
  • Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Flashdance
  • Footloose
  • Krush Groove
  • Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
  • The Shadow
  • Spaceballs
  • Species
  • Superstar
  • Top Gun

See also

  • List of club DJs
  • List of famous 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


  1. ^ a b c d e f [1] Archived October 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists : Page 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  3. ^ "Internet Radio". Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  4. ^ 1979 interview with Jellybean Benitez on YouTube
  5. ^ "jellybean | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Studio 54 - Ultimate Classic Dance - SiriusXM Radio". SiriusXM. 
  7. ^ "B-Movie - A Letter From Afar (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  8. ^ "Jellybean – US Hot 100 Chart". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  9. ^ "Jellybean – US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  10. ^ "Jellybean – US Dance Club Songs Chart". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  11. ^ "Jellybean – German Chart". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  12. ^ "The Official Charts Company – John Benitez". The Official Charts Company. April 4, 2014. 


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External links

  • John Benitez Biography
  • CNN Erin Burnett OutFront Remembering the disco queen, Donna Summer Dead at 63
  • Los Angeles Times Donna Summer: The sonic seduction lives on in today's beats
  • Miami New Times Jellybean Benitez's Five Classic Diva jams, Playing the Vagabond This Saturday
  • Miami New Times Club Review: Jellybean Benitez at the Vagabond, August 30
  • New York Daily News Spinning Latino Jellybean Benitez Fulfills His Dream
  • Red Bull Music Academy Nightclubbing: The Funhouse
  • The New York Times Review/Film: Carlito's Way; The Triumph of Atmosphere Over Detail in Spanish Harlem
  • The New York Times The Pop Life
  • The New York Times Got to Boogie on the Disco 'Round: Studio 54 Radio on SiriusXM
  • The New York Times Memories of Donna's Disco Nights
  • The Village Voice Big Night
  • WORLD JOURNAL 音樂家劉東風
  • Lisa Karlin 1979 Interview with Jellybean Benitez on YouTube
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