16 Aug 2008

Death of Jerry Wexler

9:52 am on 16 August 2008

US record producer Jerry Wexler who influenced the careers of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan, has died.

Wexler, 91, rose to fame as a partner in the Atlantic Records label.

He produced Franklin's hit Respect, along with the Percy Sledge track, When a Man Loves a Woman and Wilson Pickett's In the Midnight Hour.

He helped Bob Dylan win his first Grammy award - producing his 1979 album, Slow Train Coming.

Wexler also coined the term "rhythm and blues" while writing for Billboard magazine in the 1940s.