This weekend a political coup was attempted in Turkey, leaving many dead and the country in turmoil. In the interest of levity, Ivy Style presents the style icon Ahmet Ertegun.
Ertegun (above left) was the cofounder of Atlantic Records and is responsible for helping launching the careers of Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and countless other acts from the early days of rhythm and blues and rock ‘n roll. He was from a prominent Turkish family, the son of an ambassador, and attended Georgetown University.
Ertegun was noted for being exceptionally well dressed by George Frazier in his epic Esquire article “The Art Of Wearing Clothes,” and by Alan Flusser in his books. During the heyday of the Ivy League Look, Ertegun wore buttondowns, sack suits and rep ties, and when it went out of fashion, moved on to other styles along with the rest.
In the 2004 Ray Charles biopic “Ray,” Ertegun was portrayed by actor Curtis Armstrong (“Risky Business,” “Revenge Of The Nerds,” “Moonlighting”). Here’s a fun scene from the movie that dramatizes Charles’ first time in the recording studio, performing a rock-and-(collar)-roll tune Ertegun wrote himself:
Later in life Ertegun was an avid philanthropist and served as the chairman of the American Turkish Society for over 20 years. — CC