Wednesday, August 20, 2008
JERRY WEXLER RECORD PRODUCER DIES AT 91
New York- Famed record producer who helped shaped shape rhythm & blues with such
influential recordings of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Drifters, Bob Dylan and Willie
Nelson died Friday of heart disease at his home in Sarasota Fla. he was 91.
Wexler earned his reputation as a music industry giant while a partner at Atlantic Records with another legendary music figure, the late Ahmet Ertegun.
His touch helped boost the careers of both the “King of Soul,” Charles, and the “Queen of Soul,” Franklin. Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke and Percy Sledge were among the other R&B greats who benefited from Wexler’s musical genius. He also produced Dusty Springfield’s classic “Dusty in Memphis,” considered a masterpiece of “blue-eyed” soul.