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Today’s Soul Birthdays – July 31
Ahmet Ertegun – Turkish-American businessman, songwriter and philanthropist. Ertegun was the co-founder and president of Atlantic Records. He discovered and championed many leading rhythm and blues and rock musicians. Ertegun also wrote classic blues and pop songs.
Hank Jones – American jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer. Critics and musicians described Jones as eloquent, lyrical, and impeccable. In 1989, The National Endowment for the Arts honored him with the NEA Jazz Masters Award.
Stanley Jordan – American jazz guitarist noted for his playing technique, which involves tapping his fingers on the fretboard of the guitar with both hands.