Jerry Wexler Dies At 91
August 15, 2008 at 11:14 AM (PT)
JERRY WEXLER, the ATLANTIC RECORDS executive who coined the term "rhythm and blues" and produced some of the standout recordings by RAY CHARLES, ARETHA FRANKLIN AND WILSON PICKETT, has died. He was 91.
WEXLER, who suffered from congenital heart disease, died this morning at his home in SARASOTA, FL, the ASSOCIATED PRESS reported.
Along with SAM PHILLIPS of SUN RECORDS, WEXLER helped define the role of the modern record producer. He oversaw CHARLES's classic "What'd I Say" in 1959 and recorded BOB DYLAN's first GRAMMY AWARD-winning song, "Gotta Serve Somebody," two decades later.
In addition to his wife, the playwright and novelist JEAN ARNOLD, WEXLER is survived by his son, PAUL, and daughter, LISA.