This Day in Jewish History / Producer who brought R&B to white America is born
Jerry Wexler coined the name 'Rhythm and Blues' and told Aretha Franklin to 'drop the Judy Garland cabaret act' and be herself.
January 10, 1917, is the birth date of Jerry Wexler, the American record executive and producer who brought the music of black Americans – artists like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Otis Redding – to the white, American mainstream. It was Wexler who, as a young music journalist, coined the name “rhythm and blues” to describe the music he championed, and who then went on to join Ahmet...
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