The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Jerry Wexler

Induction category: Non-Performer


Jerry Wexler (record executive and producer; born January 10, 1917, died August 15, 2008) Before the advent of rock and roll, the term producer wasn’t even part of the recording-industry vocabulary. “No one really knew how to make a record when I started,” Jerry Wexler has said. “You simply went into the studio, turned on the mike and said play.” However, with the proliferation of independent record labels in the 1950s came a new breed of hands-on music-industry entrepreneurs. Among the most influential and important of these was Wexler at Atlantic Records. His entree into the music business came at ...

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