Ahmet Ertegun

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    Walter Yetnikoff
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    Ahmet Ertegun Award


One of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry.

Ahmet Ertegun co-founded Atlantic Records in 1947 with partner Herb Abramson. He was also a co-founder of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Essay


Michael Hill

The first great wave of new independent record labels came between the years 1944 and 1947. The major labels of the time—RCA, Columbia and Decca (now MCA) - had all the established orchestras, singers and vocal groups under contract, so it was up to the independent labels to develop and nurture the new talent and to discover and promote the new trends. 

Most of the men responsible for founding and sustaining the independent record labels of the 1940s have since retired, sold out or died. In fact, only one of those pioneers is still active with his label: Ahmet Ertegun, chairman of Atlantic Records. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Program 1987
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combines the heart of a fan with the intellect of a music professional
Walter Yetnikoff



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