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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“All of us at Atlantic Records are profoundly saddened by the loss of our founder and mentor,” Atlantic chairman/CEO Craig Kallman says in a statement. “The music community has lost a pioneer and an icon, and we have lost our father. Ahmet changed the course of modern music and culture, and he will live on through the timeless legacy of work that was created under his direction and care.” ~ Billboard: Ahmet Ertegun Obituary ~ December 14, 2006 © Billboard

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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