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Jerry Wexler

An American record producer.

Wexler started out in journalism in the mid forty’s moving into publishing then working for Billboard.

A publicist for the MGM company when in the early fifties he became co owner of ’Atlantic Records’.

Very much into soul and R&B Music he was the person who gave people a start such as Phil Spector and other producers a hand.

In the 1960s, he notably recorded Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin, and oversaw production of Dusty Springfield's highly acclaimed Dusty in Memphis album.

He also cultivated a relationship with Stax Records, was an enormous proponent of the then-developing Muscle Shoals Sound and founded the fortunes of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

Jerry Wexler put Aretha Franklin and Wilson Picket into the Muscle Shoals in the sixties.

He produced artists such as Dusty Springfield, Jose Feleciano, Jackie Deshannon to name a few.

He was also senior vice president of Warner Brothers in 1978 still producing artists such as Bob Dylan and Dire Straits.

Wexler has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jerry Wexler died at his home in Sarasota, Florida, on August 15, 2008, from congestive heart failure.

Asked by a documentary filmmaker several years before his death what he wanted on his tombstone, Wexler replied "Two words: 'More bass.’”

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