Atlantic Records Founder Ertegun Dies

Well-known Turkish-American music maker Ahmet Ertegun died on Dec. 14.

Atlantic Records Founder Ertegun Dies

Ertegun injured his head after falling off a stage during a Rolling Stones performance in New York.

He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he slipped into a coma on Oct. 29.

Ertegun, who was born in Istanbul in 1923, will be buried in Turkey.

Ertegun had signed many musicians, such as Ray Charles, Big Jue Turner, Ruth Brown, La Vern Baker, The Clovers, The Drifters, John Coltrane, Ben E. King, Bobby Darin, Sonny&Cher, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Rolling Stones, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack and Phil Collins.

Making Atlantic Records one of the biggest independent record maker in the United States, Ertegun had an ability to discover young talents and do a good job.

Ertegun was son of former Turkish ambassador to the United Statets, Mehmet Munir Ertegun, and was deeply influenced by his older brother Nesuhi's early interest in music.

Initially, Ertegun's company focused on blues and jazz music, but later pop and rock record were also produced.

Their first success was in blues and soul genres and they initiated innovations in America's music history.

Ertegun was awarded honorary Ph.D. by the Boston Berkeley Music School in 1991 and a prize by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. in 1993.

He was also honored by the U.S. Library of Congress with the award of "Living Legend" in 2000.

In June 2006, the opening concert of the 40th Montreux Jazz Festival was performed in honor of Ertegun.

He founded and headed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.

The main exhibition hall in Cleveland Ohio is named after Ertegun.

Ertegun was a veteran Turkish expatriate in America and headed the Turkish-American Businessmen Association for many years.

Besides his revolutionary ideas in music, Ertegun played a significant role in introducing soccer to the United States.

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