Death of Ahmet Ertegun

July 31, 1923 - December 14, 2006
New York, New York | Age 83

Founder of Atlantic Records
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Ahmet Ertegun, who helped define American music as the founder of Atlantic Records, a label that popularized the gritty R&B of Ray Charles, the classic soul of Aretha Franklin and the British rock of the Rolling Stones, has died, his spokesman said. He was 83.

Ertegun remained connected to the music scene until his last days - it was at an October 29th concert by the Rolling Stones at the Beacon Theatre in New York where Ertegun fell, suffered a head injury and was hospitalized. He...

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