RIP Ahmet Ertegun – Atlantic Records founder
DOWNLOAD: Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven (MP3) (hey, it goes well with this post - show some respect)
JANN WENNER, MICK JAGGER & AHMET ERTEGUN
"Ahmet Ertegun, the music magnate who founded Atlantic Records and shaped the careers of John Coltrane, Ray Charles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and many others, died yesterday in Manhattan. He was 83. A spokesman for Atlantic Records said the death was the result of a brain injury suffered when Mr. Ertegun fell backstage at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan on Oct. 29 as the Rolling Stones prepared to play a concert that marked former President Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday. He had been in a coma since then." [NY Times]
"During the 1960s, Ahmet heard Led Zeppelin's demo and knew they would be a smash hit after hearing the first few songs." [Wikipedia]
Eerily, I posted about the Beacon Theater two posts ago, a Led "Zeppelinesque" band three posts before that, the Rolling Stones one post before that, and Jann Wenner's Rolling Stone not long before that. . yeah, I'm a flake. RIP Ahmet.