Nothing to do with digital music but it was sad to note the passing of Ahmet Ertegun, the legendary founder of Atlantic Records. Possessed of super natural ears for good music, Ertgun started the label with a $10,000 loan and the desire to create a home for good black music. The label expanded well beyond those modest boundaries to capture some extraordinary recordings by the likes of John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Led Zeppelin,, Aretha Franklin and so many more. Almost as much a character as his signings, Ertegun reportedly drank a bottle of vodka a day for 40 years and managed to secure the signature of that blues combo The Rolling Stones after an all-night drinking session with Mick Jagger. Narrowly missing out on The Beatles, so he claims, Atlantic has a remarkable record as music label and the world is a little bit poorer for his loss. RIP.

Read the BBC obit

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