Ahmet Ertegun Quotes


The first time I heard Clyde McPhatter singing with the Dominoes at the Apollo I just fell off my chair

America is remarkable don't you think so? When I came to Washington I was twelve years old. I spoke English with an English accent. It was assumed that it would go on in that way.

If anybody asks me where I'm from my first inclination is to say 'Washington ' because that's where I grew up meaningfully.

I've lived very well all my life even when I had no money and there's very little I can't afford.

I did a little bit to raise the dignity and recognition of the greatness of African-American music.

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.

The all-time greatest Atlantic group - The Drifters

Theres two kinds of music: black soul music and the white imitation thereof.

There's been so much bad blood between the Kurds and the Turks.

I used to drink a bottle of vodka a day every day for about 40 years and it never occurred to me it'd kill me. If I'd have continued it might have killed me. My doctor said I should stick to wine.

My first wife was a theater person.

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

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.

My father believed very strongly in Ataturk. Ataturk was a very powerful man and a man of great vision.

I became a jazz fan quite early and never went off the path thereafter.

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.

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

You know what I'd really like to do? I'd like to record some white Chicago jazz.

Soul lyrics soul music came at about the same time as the civil rights movement and it's very possible that one influenced the other.

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

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.

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.

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

The songwriters whom we think of being the greatest songwriters usually write one hit and six or seven flops.

Flashy people aren't everything you know. Even when they have frizzled hair.

A singer's biographical film should have their music and their voice.

It is a great life this life of music

Whenever a songwriter writes a big hit then the next 20 songs they write - no matter how bad they are - get recorded.

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.