Ertegun died at 83 in December 2006, but to this day, the standards he set are aspired to by the modern generation of label heads.
Two great soul men were in friendly competition on the R&B charts with rival versions of 'If You Need Me.'
Surprisingly unsuccessful at the time, the album has thankfully become a monument to the unique soulfulness of one of Britain’s finest-ever voices.
In December 1967, a "nervous" British guitarist was drafted in as a guest on the 'Lady Soul' album.
The erudite individual from the Bronx devised the very term rhythm and blues, before going on to help define it at Atlantic Records and far beyond.
In the first week of 1966, the duo arrived on the national US scene with the first in a series of classic singles for Stax.
Recorded at American Sound Studio in Memphis, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.
The Alabama soul man recorded a host of other great material in his long career.
While music journalism can be biased, disposable or sink to self-indulgent waffle, it’s served as a fertile breeding ground for incisive, informed writers.