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Jerry Wexler

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Jerry Wexler was a music journalist and a music producer for big names such as Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. In 1948, he gave a name to a style of music that today we all recognize. He coined the term "rhythm and blues" to describe a genre that was a fusion of gospel, blues, and jazz. As a partner in Atlantic Records, he helped sign Led Zeppelin, and later, at Warner Bros. Records, he produced Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming. Wexler passed away last month, but his legend lives on with an honorary brass note on Beale Street's Walk of Fame.

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