#ThisDayinHistory 1923: One of the most influential figures in the history of American popular music Ahmet Ertegun was born went on to influence the industry with creation of Atlantic Records #AceHistoryNews – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Aug.01: You might not know it to look at him, but this diplomat’s son and his business partner Herb Abramson would create a groundbreaking record label in 1947. That label, Atlantic Records, would play a pivotal role in breaking down the racial barriers that characterized the postwar music industry #AceHistoryDesk reports

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Ertegun worked with artists like Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, The Drifters and Ray Charles to lay down the foundations of a musical style that future Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler had only recently christened “rhythm and blues.” The future styles called “soul” and “rock and roll” would also evolve out of the sounds that Ertegun helped to popularize, and the early Atlantic catalog would be instrumental in inspiring the blues-based rock that British bands like the Rolling Stones brought to America in the mid-1960s. When Herb Abramson departed Atlantic in 1958, Jerry Wexler and Ahmet’s brother Nesuhi joined on as partners, and after another incredibly successful decade as a true independent, they sold the label to the forerunner of Time Warner in 1967. Atlantic retained a distinct identity within its parent company, however, even as it moved from the music of Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin in the 1960s and 1970s to rap in the 1990s. Dedicated to the music until the end, Ertegun died in 2006 following a fall backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at New York City’s Beacon Theater. #AtlanticRecords #AhmetErtegun #AceHistoryNews

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