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.
Ertegun was born in Istanbul, Turkey on July 31, 1923. His father, Mehmet Munir, was a highly influential political figure in ... Read Full Biography