Friday, August 15, 2008
The man who coined the term rhythm and blues and shepharded the careers of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett has died. One of the prized possessions in my music collection is the box set of Atlantic Rhythm and Blues from 1947-1974. & Much of the music in this set was guided by the ear and business sense of Jerry Wexler. & Wexler was 91 and died of congestive heart failure at his home in Sarasota, Florida. When asked by a documentary filmmaker what he wanted on his tombstone, Jerry Wexler said: & "two words: & more bass." & Love that.
Here's Wilson Pickett performing The Midnight Hour, a song that Wexler