Music Industry Pioneer Jerry Wexler

Here’s a tip of the hat to producer, writer and former Atlantic Record partner Jerry Wexler, who died at his home in Florida today. He was 91.

Wexler, a former Billboard magazine writer, was known for helping Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin get on Atlantic Records. He also worked closely with a budding star named Ray Charles back in the 1950s.

Later in his career, he worked at Warner Bros. Records and was instrumental in launching the B-52s and Dire Straits.

Artists he produced include Bob Dylan, Etta James, George Michael and Kim Carnes.

Wexler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

He will be missed.

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