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RIP Ahmet Ertegun

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by 2muchcoffeeman, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member



    Many of the best memories of my misspent teens and early 20s happened with a soundtrack of Atlantic's greatest hits.
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    RIP. I wonder how accurate Curtis Armstrong's portrayal was in "Ray."
  3. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    i got to know ahmet a bit when i covered the cosmos of nasl fame in the early '80s. warner bros. owned the team. i used to tease ahmet about how he turned down a chance to sign jackson browne when browne sent him a demo tape.
    ertegun threw the tape in a trash can, telling his secretary, "this kid can't play the guitar and he can't sing."

    the secretary had alsso heard the tape, though, and gave it to an ertegun underling by the name of david geffen. geffen soon branched out on his own, creating elektra-asylum, and signed browne, who always gave thanks to geffen on his album jackets.

    r.i.p., ahmet. he didn't blow many chances to sign talent.
  4. He heard Aretha, though, and a couple dozen others.
  5. Duane Postum

    Duane Postum Member

    Man ... doesn't get much bigger than this guy.
  6. Duane Postum

    Duane Postum Member

    Aretha, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Wilson Pickett, the Stones, Led Zeppelin, CSN&Y, Drifters, Coasters ... holy shit.
  7. Great anecdote about him and the late lamented J Geils Band in the Bill Graham oral history.
    Also, Otis used to call him, "Omelet."
  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member


    First Fat Joe, now Ahmet.

    RIP. Damn damn.
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