Ahmet Ertegun, music label exec
Producer ~ Label exec

Ahmet Ertegun

July 31, 1923, Istanbul, Turkey ~ December 14, 2006, New York, NY

Mr. Ertegun said he fell in love with music when he was 9. In 1932, his older brother, Nesuhi, took him to see the Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway orchestras at the Palladium Theater in London. The beauty of the jazz, the power of the beat and the elegance of the musicians made a lasting impression. ~ New York Times: Ahmet Ertegun Obituary ~ December 15, 2008 © New York Times

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July 31, 1999 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) Destiny's Child, Bills, Bills, Bills ~ #2 (1) Will Smith featuring Dru Hill, Wild Wild West ~ #1 (3) Christina Aguilera, Genie In A Bottle


One of the greatest record men of his generation and a powerfully important figure in the development of R&B, soul, and rock & roll, Ahmet Ertegun was one of the founders of Atlantic Records, arguably America's most important post-war record label. Atlantic was a champion of rhythm & blues as it evolved from what was called "race music" and began taking its place in the mainstream, and when R&B spun off rock & roll, Atlantic was one of the few labels to remain on the cutting edge of both sounds through the '50s into the '90s. While popular music changed dramatically over the course of his lifetime, Ertegun remained a major player in the music business and a trusted ally to his artists up until his death in 2006. ~ Allmusic: Ahmet Ertegun ~ retrieved May 1, 2014 © Allmusic

Ahmet Ertegun ~ Inducted in the 1987 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Under the guiding hand of Ertegun - the son of a career diplomat and a lifelong jazz and blues aficionado - Atlantic became the nation's premier rhythm & blues label in a few short years. The label’s artist roster in the Fifties reads like an honor roll of R&B talent: Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, LaVern Baker, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Clovers, and many more. During this period, Ertegun produced or coproduced the vast majority of records released on Atlantic. He even wrote songs for Atlantic artists in the early days using the pseudonym “Nugetre” (Ertegun spelled backwards). Although he was less directly involved as a producer, Ertegun continued at the helm of Atlantic in the Sixties and Seventies as the company conquered the realms of soul and rock, from Aretha Franklin to Led Zeppelin, with phenomenal success. ~ 1987 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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