Legendary record executive Ahmet Ertegun died earlier today, after spending more than a month in a coma. Ertegun fell and suffered a head injury backstage at a Rolling Stones concert for Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday on Oct. 29th, and was subsequently hospitalized. He later slipped into the coma from which he never recovered.
In 1947, Ertegun borrowed $10,000 from his dentist and turned his deep love of music into a career, co-founding Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson, Tom Dowd, and others. Ertegun would go on to work with such legendary artists such as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, and Frank Zappa. He later co-founded the New York Cosmos soccer team; he also founded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was eventually inducted as a member. In 2004, he was portrayed in two musical biopics, Ray and Beyond the Sea.
Ertegun was 83.