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1955

AHMET’s brother NESUHI ERTEGUN joins Atlantic, where he begins to guide the label’s jazz division and oversee the label’s entry into the new LP business, with a special focus on quality cover art.

Label co-founder HERB ABRAMSON returns home from a two-year stint in the U.S. Army and heads up the label’s new Atco Records division.

RAY CHARLES releases “I Got A Woman,” the first of his 11 #1 R&B hits.

In April, LAVERN BAKER – riding high on the R&B charts with the Latin-tempo “Tweedle Dee” – is among the line-up at pioneering DJ Alan Freed’s record-breaking Rock n’ Roll Easter Jubilee at Brooklyn’s famed Paramount Theater.

CLYDE McPHATTER’s departure from THE DRIFTERS is made public in July. His replacement is tenor DAVID BAUGHN, formerly of THE CHECKERS.

The Swinging Mr. Rogers is regarded as one of the finest sessions from trumpeter/arranger SHORTY ROGERS AND HIS GIANTS, a veritable who’s-who of West Coast Jazz: saxophonist JIMMY GIUFFRE, pianist PETE JOLLY, bassist CURTIS COUNCE, and drummer SHELLY MANNE. The album includes ROGERS’ unconventional jukebox hit, “Martians, Go Home.”

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