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Jerry Wexler

Jerry Wexler

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Jerry Wexler (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, November 1985

Speaking at the Friars Club in midtown Manhattan, the great Atlantic producer recalls the black bands he loved as a kid and talks about Louis Jordan, Tiny Bradshaw and the birth of R&B. "Wex" also holds forth on the growth of urban black America; the influence of gospel on black pop; the importance of Western Swing; the other labels and white entrepreneurs involved in black music; discovering Stax and Muscle Shoals in the dog days of the early '60s; tying the knot with Stax... and getting back in the studio with Wilson Pickett.

ile format: mp3; file size: 43.7mb, interview length: 45' 30" sound quality: ****

Jerry Wexler (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 30 March 1993

Smokin' weed in the MOMA courtyard: growing up in NYC and the people he grew up with; meeting the Erteguns; writing for Billboard; the early days at Atlantic and working with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and more...

File format: mp3; file size: 46.7mb, interview length: 48' 38" sound quality: ***

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Jerry Wexler: Aretha, She's Just Unbelievable

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 22 January 1971

JERRY WEXLER is without doubt, one of the great producers who revolutionised Rhythm and Blues music in the 50's and 60's. ...

Etta James: The Queen Bee of R&B

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, July 1978

IT IS almost impossible to write about Etta James and avoid clichés oft used in studies of jazz and soul artists. She's been exploited. She's ...

Muscle Shoals Sound Studios: Jerry Wexler on Years in 'Boogaloo Country'

Interview by Sam Sutherland, Record World, 19 May 1979

WALK THROUGH the lobby of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and, hanging near all those gilded singles and albums, you'll see the face of veteran producer ...

Jerry Wexler: Crossing The Divide

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent on Sunday, 30 May 1993

GET JERRY WEXLER started on the big bands of the Thirties and Forties and you'll never hear the back of it. Most ageing music moguls ...

Jerry Wexler: Production without style — on purpose

Interview by Fred Goodman, Musician, June 1993

Hands-off from Muscle Shoals to Stax to New York City ...

The Hit Factory: New York's Brill Building

Retrospective and Interview by David Kamp, Vanity Fair, November 2001

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I spent much of 2001 interviewing the songwriters, machers, and artists of the Brill Building era for this oral history. It was the ...

Remembering Jerry Wexler…

Comment by David Nathan, Stax 50th Online Blog, 1 September 2008

I'M NOT sure the first time I saw Gerald Wexler's name on an album. ...

Appreciating Jerry Wexler, the Supreme Atlantic Record Man

Memoir by John Broven, Now Dig This, October 2008

AS SOON AS Jerry Wexler's death was announced on August 15, 2008, daily newspapers and rock magazines had their already-written obituaries ready to go in ...

Linda Ronstadt and Jerry Wexler on Unreleased 1981 Album Keeping Out of Mischief

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen K. Peeples,, 30 September 2019

The well-received September 2019 theatrically released film documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice altogether skipped Keeping Out of Mischief, the unreleased album of ...


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