Jerry Wexler is a music journalist-turned music producer and was one of the main record industry players behind music from the 1950s through the 1970s. He coined the term "rhythm and blues", and was integral in signing and/or producing many of the biggest acts of the time, including Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Chris Connor, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett and Bob Dylan.
Wexler became a partner in Atlantic Records in 1953. There followed classic recordings with Ray Charles, the Drifters and Ruth Brown. With Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegün, he built Atlantic Records into a major force in the recording industry. He is based on the historical figure of the same name.
Maury Gold Banquet Edit
At a banquet honoring Maury Gold, Koronet Records head Jackie Jervis roasts the guest of honor, as well as other record executives in attendance. Jervis cracks a joke about having to sit next to Jerry Wexler and having to listen to him all night about "how he's recorded every schvartze since Booker T. Washington", much to Wexler's amusement.