Jerry Wexler Dies on Siesta Key

15 Aug

R&B Legend & Our Neighbor Jerry Wexler died on Siesta Key

SIESTA KEY – Jerry Wexler, a major player in the recording industry from the 1950s to the 1980s and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died at his Siesta Key home Friday, according to He was 91.

At Atlantic Records, Wexler signed or produced some of the biggest names in the business: Ray Charles, The Coasters, The Drifters, Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Willie Nelson, Dusty Springfield, Cher and Dr. John.

Here is Jerry Wexler with one of his greatest artists, Aretha Franklin

Wexler started out as a writer and editor for Billboard magazine in the 1940s and coined the phrase “rhythm and blues” to replace the magazine’s use of “race records” in its chart listings.

Watch & listen as Wexler talks about Bob Dylan’s gospel recordings

The link see below features Wexler talking about his greatest triumphs:

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