Thursday, May 23, 2024

Life's Most Important Nights

February 1, 2012

Montreux Jazz tribute to Ahmet Ertegün :: (Ben E. King, Ahmet Ertegün, Me, Robert Plant, Sylver Logan Sharp, Paolo Nutini, Stevie Nicks and friends)

Two days ago I was told about a video that I'd never seen before. It was from the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival. It was a tribute to Ahmet Ertegün, founder and legendary chairman of Atlantic Records.

This was the label that first signed my group CHIC. Many super acts were signed to Atlantic, and one night in Switzerland many of us came together to support the label's founder.

Stevie Nicks, Robert Plant, Ben E. King, Steve Winwood, Solomon Burke, Paolo Nutini, CHIC and a few others rocked for two days. Me and George Duke were co-music directors.

Shortly after this show Ahmet had an accidental fall that he never recovered from. Though I didn't know it at the time, this would be one of my Life's Most Important Nights.

One of my Life's Most Important Nights


Stevie Nicks

Robert Plant

Ben E. King

Steve Winwood

Solomon Burke

Paolo Nutini


George Duke, my co-musical director for this tribute to Ahmet Ertegün - one of my Life's Most Important Nights