“ahmet ertegun, thank you kindly”

Can you name one other music industry executive that became the name of a bootleg? No, you can’t.

Regrettably, I do not have any Ahmet Ertegun stories. I have stories about ALMOST being somewhere where I could have met him, and have some stories about attempting to explain to people about to meet him who he was, so they didn’t completely embarass themselves and the company they worked for, but that’s about it.

However, these pieces (from Dave Marsh and Fred Wilhelms) are worth reading. (No quarter given on Atlantic’s inability to pay royalties to the musicians who made that label what it was, either.)