December 15, 2006


One small footnote to Geoff Pullum's fond remembrance of Ahmet Ertegun. As Geoff mentioned, Ertegun was also a songwriter, receiving credits for such hit songs as "Chains Of Love" and "Sweet Sixteen" by Big Joe Turner and "Mess Around" by Ray Charles. (One of the high points of the movie Ray is the scene in which Ertegun, played by Curtis Armstrong, presents "Mess Around" for Ray's approval.) But oftentimes his songwriting credits didn't read "Ertegun" — instead, he used the mysterious pen name "Nugetre." It's surely one of the great ananyms of all time.

Posted by Benjamin Zimmer at December 15, 2006 09:30 AM