Remembering Ahmet Ertegun
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the day the world lost the man who, along with his brother Neshui, founded Atlantic Records. The world of music hasn’t been the same since.
Ahmet Ertegun was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1923 and moved to Washington, DC with his family in 1935 as a result of his father’s appointment as second Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey. His mother, meanwhile, was a musician, which helped forge Ertegun’s love of music early on, and it was Neshui who introduced Ahmet to jazz and led him down a path which resulted in the brothers becoming regulars at Milt Gabler’s Commodore Music Shop. In short order, they began staging concerts, and by 1947 they’d formed Atlantic Records.
Trying to sum up the history of Atlantic Records within the course of a few paragraphs, but suffice it to say that it likely wouldn’t have been half the label that it ultimately proved to be without having Ahmet Ertegun at the helm. In memory of Ertegun, we’ve compiled a playlist featuring a dozen songs that he either helped write, arrange, or produce. Whether you already knew that he played a part in the tunes or if you didn’t, you’ll still get some good listening while honoring one of the great important record execs of the 20th century.