Thursday, August 22, 2013

Jerry Wexler panel discussion at Library for WC Handy Festival 2013

Jerry Wexler panel discussion at Library for WC Handy Festival 2013

Alabama Music goes to Florence-Lauderdale Public Library in Florence, Alabama to attend the screening and after screening panel discussion of Tom Thurman's documentary, Jerry Wexler: Immaculate Funk for W.C. Handy Festival 2013. The panel was made up of people that worked with Jerry Wexler when he came to Muscle Shoals. The panel was Terry Pace, Donnie Fritts, Dick Cooper, Paul Wexler (Jerry's son), Jimmy Johnson and David Hood.
*This video is a must see for all Jerry Wexler and Muscle Shoals Music fans. This could be considered an historical occasion. There is some great stories about Jerry, some very funny.

Gerald "Jerry" Wexler was one of the most highly-regarded A&R men in popular music history. Music journalist turned music producer, Jerry was regarded as one of the major record industry players from the 1950s through the 1980s. We were lucky enough to have Jerry call Atlantic Records home.

A true visionary, Jerry coined the term "rhythm and blues", and signed and/or produced many of the biggest acts of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Chris Connor, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield and Bob Dylan.

Though we lost him in 2008, Jerry's legacy lives on in the halls of Atlantic. Do yourself a favor and visit the "Jerry Wexler - Record Man" YouTube page to see Jerry's Memorial, the Fresh Air Interview as well as his four-part GRAMMY Foundation "Living Histories" series.

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