Ahmet Ertegün /ˈɑːmɛtˈɛrtəɡən/, Turkish pronunciation: [ahˈmet eɾteˈɟyn]; (July 31 [O.S. 18 July] 1923 – December 14, 2006) was a Turkish businessman, songwriter and philanthropist. He was best known as the founder and president of Atlantic Records, and for discovering and championing many leading rhythm and blues and rock musicians. He also wrote classic blues and pop songs, and served as Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museum. Ertegun has been described as "one of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry."He was also a significant figure in fostering ties between the U.S. and Turkey, his birthplace, and served as the chairman of The American Turkish Society for over 20 years until his death. He also co-founded the New York Cosmos soccer team of the original North American Soccer League.