Ahmet Ertegun’s label signed Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin
Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, has died aged 83.
A life-long jazz and blues aficionado, he and partner Herb Abramson founded Atlantic Records in 1947, challenging major labels of the time by nurturing groundbreaking artists.
The label later diversified, representing British rock greats Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, as well as American acts Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Ertegun was heavily involved in the music scene right until his death.
It was at a Rolling Stones concert on October 29 that he slipped and hit his head, later falling into a coma, which resulted in his death on December 14.
–By our Los Angeles staff.