[JPL] Jerry Wexler, famed record producer, dies at 91

Arturo Gomez arturo at kuvo.org
Fri Aug 15 13:38:40 EDT 2008




Jerry Wexler, famed record producer, dies at 91 



      NEW YORK (AP) - Legendary record producer Jerry Wexler, who 
helped shape R&B music with influential recordings of Aretha 
Franklin, Ray Charles and other greats, has died, says his 
co-author, David Ritz. He was 91. 
      Ritz, co-author of Wexler's 1993 memoir, "Rhythm and the 
Blues," said he died at his Sarasota, Fla., home at about 3:45 
a.m. Friday. He had been ill for a couple of years with congenital 
heart disease. 
      Wexler earned his reputation as a music industry giant while a 
partner at Atlantic Records. 
      Atlantic provided an outlet for the groundbreaking work of 
African-American performers in the 1950s and '60s. Later, it 
provided a home to rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and The Rolling 
Stones. 
      
      (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.) 


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