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Encyclopedia > Ahmet Ertegun

The Ertegun brothers, Ahmet Ertegun (1923) and Nesuhi Ertegun (19171989) are co-founders of Atlantic Records.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, they moved to Washington, DC with their father M. Munir Ertegun, who was then the Turkish United States.

Ahmet Ertegun, together with his brother Nesuhi, producer Tom Dowd, Jerry Wexler and others created the Atlantic Records in the late 1940s as an independent record company that became a jazz and pop empire in the 1960s.

Their first success came in rhythm and blues, with such artists as Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, The Clovers, The Drifters, and Ray Charles. They brought a jazz sensibility (and many jazz artists) into R&B and participated in turning the genre from a minority interest into a major part of the musical scene. Ahmet Ertegun wrote a number of classic blues songs, including "Chains of Love" and "Sweet Sixteen" under the pseudonym A. Nugetre (Ertegun backwards).

During the 1960s, Ahmet heard Led Zeppelin's demo and knew they would be a smash hit after hearing the first few songs. He quickly signed them.

Many independent record executives, like the Erteguns, were from immigrant backgrounds, including the Bihari brothers and the Chess brothers.

Although their primary musical interest was jazz (both brothers promoted jazz concerts, founded jazz record companies and organized jazz bands), through artists like Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Hank Crawford, they were also open to more modern popular styles and worked with such famous artists as Sonny and Cher.

They were also co_founders and ex_directors of the New York Cosmos soccer team.

See: Turkish music

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Ertegün brothers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (952 words)
Ahmet also used his considerable personal skills in negotiations with major stars, such as when The Rolling Stones were shopping for a record company to distribute their independent Rolling Stones Records label.
Ahmet received an honorary doctorate in music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1991, and was awarded the Grammy Trustees Award for his lifetime achievements in 1993; Nesuhi was awarded the same posthumously two years later in 1995.
Ahmet Ertegün was injured after a fall at a Rolling Stones performance on October 29, 2006.
My Way News - Music Pioneer Ahmet Ertegun Dies at 83 (277 words)
Ertegun remained connected to the music scene until his last days - it was at an Oct. 29 concert by the Rolling Stones at the Beacon Theatre in New York where Ertegun fell, suffered a head injury and was hospitalized.
Ertegun will be buried in a private ceremony in his native Turkey, said Bob Kaus, a spokesman for Ertegun and Atlantic Records.
Ertegun, a Turkish ambassador's son, started collecting records for fun, but would later became one of the music industry's most powerful figures with Atlantic, which he founded in 1947.
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