Music mogul AHMET ERTEGUN died in a New York hospital yesterday (14DEC06). He was 83.
The founding chairman of Atlantic Records never recovered after sustaining a head injury in a fall backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on 29 October (06).
His neurosurgeon, DR HOWARD A RIINA, says, "Mr Ertegun suffered a severe brain injury after he fell in October. He was in a coma and passed away with his family at his bedside."
The Turkish-born Ertegun founded Atlantic with his brother NESUHI, HERB ABRAMSON and producer Tom Dowd in the late 1940s with a view to record the sounds of black America.
Ertegun quickly became the shining talent of the new label, doubling as a songwriter and issuing a number of singles himself.
He's also responsible for launching the careers of soul greats Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin.
Ertegun will be buried in a private ceremony in his native Turkey. A memorial service will be conducted in New York in the New Year (07).
Dowd (who died in 2002 after this documentary was completed) was a pioneering sound engineer who directly or indirectly influenced artists, bands, specific songs, and the technology underlying it all. Much of Tim Dowd & the Language of Music focuses on Dowd's pursuit of better mixing technologies. Getting started in the 1940s and 1950s, the state of the art was pathetic. Dowd's urging and Radio Shack handiness led directly to the invention of the eight-track mixer and mixing boards with sliders that could be operated by a single finger instead of dials that took a full hand to operate.
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