The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Ahmet Ertegun

Induction category: Non-Performer


Ahmet Ertegun (record executive, producer and songwriter; born July 31, 1923, died December 14, 2006) One of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry, Ahmet Ertegun co-founded Atlantic Records in 1947 with partner Herb Abramson. Atlantic was at the forefront of great independent labels that sprang up in the late Forties, challenging the primacy of the major labels of the time (RCA, Columbia and Decca) by discovering, developing and nurturing new talent. Under the guiding hand of Ertegun – the son of a career diplomat and a lifelong jazz and blues aficionado – Atlantic became the nation’s premier ...

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