Jerry Wexler, producer, label exec
Producer ~ A&R ~ Label exec
birth name: Gerald Wexler

Jerry Wexler

January 17, 1917, New York, NY ~ August 15, 2008, Sarasota, FL

There is an anecdote told by Southern producer Jim Dickinson about Jerry Wexler. The story goes that Wexler and Sam Phillips were at an industry party in Memphis shortly after Wexler had produced Aretha Franklin's 1972 gospel album Amazing Grace. However, instead of spinning the new Aretha record that Wexler wanted to hear, Phillips kept playing an old Tony Joe White album Wexler had done, marveling because the record was “so good, it don't sound paid for.” That anecdote goes a long way in describing the career and reputation of the onetime Vice-President of Atlantic Records. For, although he has been a writer for Billboard magazine, a songwriter co-credited with such classics as ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,’ and a successful producer, Jerry Wexler will always be seen as the quintessential businessman of the music industry. ~ Allmusic: Jerry Wexler ~ retrieved August 10, 2013 © Allmusic

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Jerry Wexler ~ Inducted in the 1987 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Before the advent of rock and roll, the term producer wasn’t even part of the recording-industry vocabulary. “No one really knew how to make a record when I started,” Jerry Wexler has said. “You simply went into the studio, turned on the mike and said play.” However, with the proliferation of independent record labels in the 1950s came a new breed of hands-on music-industry entrepreneurs. Among the most influential and important of these was Wexler at Atlantic Records. ~ 1987 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

As a Producer or co-producer

Aretha Franklin ~ Lady Soul (1968) ~ Ranked #85 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Released in a year of triumph and turbulence for Franklin: Although she made the cover of Time, the magazine reported details of her rocky marriage to Ted White, then her manager. But Franklin channeled that frenzy into performances of funky pride and magisterial hurt. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

As a Writer or co-writer

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