- Jul 31, 1923
- Dec 14, 2006
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Ahmet Ertegun (/ˈɑːmɛt ˈɛərtəɡən/, Turkish spelling: Ahmet Ertegün ([ahˈmet eɾteˈɟyn]; July 31 [O.S. 18 July] 1923 – December 14, 2006) was a Turkish-American businessman, songwriter and philanthropist.
Ertegun was the co-founder and president of Atlantic Records. He discovered and championed many leading rhythm and blues and rock musicians. Ertegun also wrote classic blues and pop songs. He served as the chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museum, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Ertegun has been described as “one of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry.” In 2017 he was inducted into Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in recognition of his work in the music business.
Ertegun helped foster ties between the U.S. and Turkey, his birthplace. He served as the chairman of the American Turkish Society for over 20 years until his death. He also co-founded the New York Cosmos soccer team of the original North American Soccer League.
I must tell you although I’ve known Paul for years, prior to going into the studio, I was somewhat daunted. He’s a historical rock’n’roll figure and one of the greatest ones. But I must say it was one of the most pleasant and wonderful sessions I’ve ever had. And he must have liked it, because he told me, ‘We must do this again.’Producer Ahmet Ertegun
Ahmet Ertegun produced a version of “That’s All Right Mama” which Paul McCartney recorded as a tribute to Sun Records, in 2000.
Last updated on March 12, 2020