On this Day August 15, 2008

US record producer Jerry Wexler, who influenced the careers of singers including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and died at his home in Sarasota, Florida aged 91. Wexler produced the Aretha Franklin hit Respect, the Wilson Pickett song, In the Midnight Hour and helped Bob Dylan win his first Grammy award by producing the 1979 album, Slow Train Coming. He also coined the term rhythm and blues while writing for Billboard magazine in the late 1940s.

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