As you already heard the news, Ahmet Ertegun, a Turkish immigrant, one of the modern music industry’s most influential figures who shaped the sound of music for the past 60 years, passed away last month. Ertegun co-founded Atlantic Records in 1947 and helped to popularize Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Cream, Ray Charles and many others.
Revolutionizing the record industry didn’t stop Ahmet, he also popularized soccer in U.S. by co-founding legendary New York Cosmos. Cosmos brought in some of most influential soccer players like Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto.
As a person making a living from Digital Media, I owe a great debt to his larger-than-life persona for producing some of the greatest content currently reside in my ipod.
I found this interesting interview on Google Video and couldn’t resist sharing the story of 20th Century American Music History from the very own words from Ertegun himself.