Ahmet Ertegun Quotes

Ahmet Ertegun (/???m?t ???rt???n/, Turkish spelling: Ahmet Ertegün ([ah?met e?te??yn]); (July 31 [O.S. 18 July] 1923 – December 14, 2006) was a Turkish-American businessman, songwriter and philanthropist

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Ahmet Ertegun


There's no place in the world you can go and not hear rock-and-roll, from Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to Phil Collins.

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There are still many great surviving talents: Stevie Winwood. Another great talent is Stevie Wonder. Another one is Eric Clapton. Another one is Phil Collins. Eminem, Kanye West I like all those people.

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When I first heard Ray Charles, he was a flop artist on a small label in California. He hadn't sold any records. And I bought his contract for $2,500.

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The songwriters whom we think of being the greatest songwriters usually write one hit and six or seven flops. That includes the Irving Berlins and the Hoagy Carmichaels, the Harold Arlens, Cole Porter.

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Fifty years from now, people will still be listening to Led Zeppelin. They won't even remember me.

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I came close to signing Elvis Presley. I offered $25,000 for his contract and they asked for $45,000 and I just didn't have the other $20,000. I should have gotten the Beatles. But one of my lawyers kind of messed up.

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I'd be happy if people said that I did a little bit to raise the dignity and recognition of the greatness of African-American music.

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I don't use the computer. But my secretary does. I want to take some computer courses because I'm interested in some of the access to some of the illegal things on the Internet. I'm just kidding.

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It is very important that the world know that there have been 500 years of peaceful coexistence in Turkey between the Jews and Moslems.

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Everyone felt like they knew Ray Charles and in a way they did, because he was embodied by his music.

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The all-time greatest Atlantic group - The Drifters

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Jesse Stone did more to develop the basic rock-and-roll sound than anybody else.

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I love Ray Charles. He can still teach everybody a lot about how to make great music. Not necessarily how to make hits, but how to make great music. Of course, part of it is his incredible talent. Who are the greatest jazz singers in the world? Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Ray Charles.

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I think it's better to burn out than to fade away... it's better to live out your days being very, very active - even if it destroys you - than to quietly... disappear.

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As I grew up, I began to discover a little bit about the situation of black people in America and experienced an immediate empathy with the victims of such senseless discrimination. Because although the Turks were never slaves, they were regarded as enemies within Europe because of their Muslim beliefs.

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