David Stein, a longtime associate promoter and producer Sid Bernstein, has died in a Long Island hospital following complications from surgeries among other existing health challenges. Stein, born in Brooklyn on March 11, 1948, was 70 years old at the time death.
In the late 1960s and early '70s, Stein worked alongside Bernstein, who is best known for bringing bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks to the United States. Stein was involved in several projects while working with Bernstein, such as making the deal for the famous DJ Bruce, the top 40 disc jockey also known as Cousin Brucie, to move from the station WABC to WNBC. His final project with Bernstein involved planning the promoter’s trip to Edinburgh, where he plotted to obtain the U.S. management rights for the Bay City Rollers with plans to launch the band stateside by premiering its new single "Saturday Night" on the debut episode a new Howard Cosell-hosted show called Saturday Night Live on ABC.
Stein also maintained a friendship with comedian Jerry Lewis, having met him at Brown’s Resort in the Catskills as a teenager.
In addition to spending time as Bernstein’s right-hand-man, during his career Stein also briefly managed the teen pop duo The Dynomiters and was a columnist at the rock magazine Zoo World. He also founded a vinyl (and later CD) buying and selling business called Record Gems and briefly ran his own record label, All The Best, which in 1993 released P.F. Sloan's first solo album in over 20 years, (Still On The) Eve Of Destruction.