Jerry Wexler and Aretha Franklin
Led Zeppelin with Jerry Wexler, Exec VP of Atlantic Records
(Led Zep 1)
“Music industry legend Jerry Wexler, who came up with the phrase, Rhythm and Blues for Billboard charts, kick-started the careers of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and helped bring Stax-Volt to international success while a partner at Atlantic Records, has died at the age of 91 at his home in Siesta Key, Fla.”
“As a writer for Billboard in 1948, Wexler helped destroy the prevailing American musical apartheid by eschewing the term “race records” in favour of his own-minted rhythm’n’blues.