Jerry Wexler, R.I.P.

Aug 15th, 2008 // 5 Comments

AP7910170153.jpgRecord producer and executive Jerry Wexler passed away at his home early this morning. Wexler, whose career in the business began with a stint at Billboard (where he coined the term “rhythm and blues”), started at Atlantic Records in 1953; he later on to work with many of rock and soul’s giants, including Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Dusty Springfield. Rolling Stone has a Wexler-compiled playlist of his favorite 20 productions from a mix CD he burned for friends a few years ago; the tracklist includes Springfield’s “Son Of A Preacher Man,” Franklin’s “Respect,” and Solomon Burke’s “If You Need Me.” Wexler was 91. [AP]

  1. okiedoke

    What a great guy. I recommend watching the Tom Dowd DVD for more of this musical saga for the ages.

  2. Captain Wrong

    Hot McIntosh rig there Jerry. RIP.

  3. GhostOfDuane

    @okiedoke: I second that. Jerry was directly responsible for a huge portion of my favorite music ever. I’ll say RIP, but it’s tough to be too torn up – I couldn’t imagine 91 years better spent on this planet.

  4. alec_baldwin

    Too bad Atlantic is now run by Kallman, an egregiously incompetent tard.

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