Record 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]
Jerry Wexler, R.I.P.
August 15th, 2008 // 5 Comments