Saturday, December 16, 2006

Ahmet Ertegun

I meant to put something up about this yesterday, but other things took up my time.

Ahmet Ertegun, legendary record producer, died Thursday. The man founded Atlantic Records, and produced some of the greatest singles in the 20th century. He just had an ear. Ray Charles, the Drifters, Bobby Darin, Aretha Franklin, Professor Longhair, Led Zeppelin, Dr. John, the list goes on. He also partnered with Stax Records in the 1960's. And I don't need to tell you how great Stax Records' artists were.

Here are some great Ertegun-produced tracks. He even wrote "Mess Around." The track that says "Go to the Mardi Gras" is "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" by Professor Longhair. Enjoy!

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