Jerry Wexler

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Non-Performer

Inducted in: 1987

Inducted by: Jann S. Wenner


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1993 (ranked #5 in the Non-Performers - Producers/Engineers category) .


Jerry Wexler @ Wikipedia

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He just passed away this past Friday. Rest in peace, Jerry Wexler. And thank you.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.16.08 @ 01:58am


Given my vivid recollection of "Queen is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Are the Critics?" as a put down of the role of critics in rock history, it is worthy of note that at least two journalists have been inducted in the Non-Performer category (Wexler and in 1994/1995, Paul Ackerman).

Still, it is worthy of note that these people were not men who promoted and exposed influential underground bands like writers like Lester Bangs did. Rather, they were writers for Billboard magazine, which is a very different kind of promotional role from a true critic.

Posted by Julien Peter Benney on Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 23:40pm


Before rock and roll came to be, there was no team producer in the recording industry dictionary until Jerry Wexler came into the picture. Wexler said "No one knew how to make a record when I came onboard." "You just went into the studio, turned on the microphone and said play."

However, with the emergence of the independent record label in the 1950s came a whole new bland of hands-on music entrepreneurs.

While he started his job in the music industry as a reporter for Billboard magazine, Wexler soon worked his way up to work with the Ertegun brothers at Atlanic Records. His efforts there helped bring black music to the masses and helped to bridge the two cultures.

In the 60s, Jerry also helped to nurture soul music by linking singers like Wilson Pickett with house bands in the South. His work with singers like Dustry Springfield and Solomon Burke continued through the decades.

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, 04.13.13 @ 19:54pm


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