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Led Zeppelin didn't reunite, but plenty of Ahmet Ertegun's other disciples were more than happy to take the stage together.

Rock icons such as Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Stevie Nicks, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young gathered at New York's Lincoln Center Tuesday to pay tribute to the Atlantic Records chairman, who died Dec. 14 at 83.

Tragically, yet oddly fittingly, Ertegun died of a head injury suffered in October when he fell down at a Rolling Stones concert. A mover and a shaker until the end, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer signed and nurtured rockers such as the Stones and Led Zeppelin, as well as some of the biggest names in soul and R&B, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding.

Jagger remembered his boss at Atlantic as "the wicked uncle with the wicked chuckle," saying he could never keep up with the dapper Turk.

The event's host, Bette Midler, said that Ertegun could "charm the birds out of the trees," and reminisced how she had grown up on Atlantic music, tunes that "promised there was a party somewhere."

As one would expect, "Ahmet Ertegun: A Celebration" was largely a musical affair.

Performers included Clapton, who led a band featuring New Orleans pianist Dr. John through Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love" and Stick McGhee's "Drinkin' Wine Spo-dee-o-dee"; Phil Collins, who sang "In the Air Tonight" and then, joined by the rest of Genesis, "Follow You, Follow Me"; Ben E. King, who crooned "Don't Play That Song," which Ertegun helped write; Crosby, Stills & Nash, who took on the Beatles' "In My Life" before Neil Young joined them for "Helplessly Hoping"; Young, who coupled with Stephen Stills on "Mr. Soul"; Stevie Nicks, who sang a double feature of "Stand Back" and Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll"; Solomon Burke; and, adding a contemporary vibe, Kid Rock.

Rock, who also attended Ertegun's funeral in his native Istanbul, took on the Wilson Pickett classic "In the Midnight Hour" and Sam and Dave's "I Thank You," with the help of Sam Moore.

"I hope that today's musicians have someone like Ahmet," Young said.

Other notables on hand to celebrate Ertegun's legacy and pay their respect's to the late impresario's wife, Mica, included New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, designer Oscar de la Renta, Ray director Taylor Hackford, David Geffen, Henry Kissinger and Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner [more]
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Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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