Atlantic Records – founded in 1947 Atlantic Records Herb Abramson started Atlantic in 1947 with Ahmet Ertegun (he left Atlantic in 1955). Jerry Wexler joined in 1954. Tom Dowd was the recording engineer and the In house writers were Lieber and Stoller and Arif Marden. See Charlie Gillett’s Book for the best and fullest coverage of Atlantic. Ahmet Ertegun was the son of the Turkish ambassador to the USA.