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Syd Nathan

Syd NAThaN

YEAR

1997

INDUCTED BY

Seymour Stein

CATEGORY

Ahmet Ertegun Award

Eccentric and at times unorthodox, but he got results.

Music exec Syd Nathan discovered an entire roster of R&B talents, including James Brown and Hank Ballard. He took a chance on artists no one else would, and it paid off in a major way.

Syd Nathan

Syd Nathan

HALL OF FAME
ESSAY

By Seymour Stein

When I was in high school between 1957 and 1961, both my life and career began to take shape under the tutelage of legendary Billboard music editor Paul Ackerman and then-chart editor Tom Noonan, who first opened the magazine’s doors to a fifteen-year-old kid. At that time, Billboard was certainly the communications center of the music industry, and what I learned and saw and heard there has indeed served me well over the years.

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