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JERRY WEXLER Interview - Part 3

April 27, 2021

Co-Founder of Atlantic Records. Producer of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Dusty Springfield, Etta James, Sam & Dave, Dire Straits and Bob Dylan. Inventor of the term ‘Rhythm & Blues’. New York. Memphis. Muscle Shoals. I interviewed Wexler in 2003 for my BBC documentary series “Richard Niles’ History of Pop Arranging” and for my book “The Invisible Artist” (2009). This interview is not only historically important. Wexler enabled and encouraged some of the greatest artists to create their best work. It allows you to hear the thoughts of someone whose unique combination of intellect, soul and humanity made him one of the greatest contributors to the art of music. In Part 1 Wexler talks about his work with Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Doctor John, and Harold Battiste. Don’t miss Part 2 where Wexler discusses his work at Stax Records with Aretha Franklin and Dylan at Muscle Shoals and Part 3 where he talks about Dusty Springfield in Memphis. Wexler also takes us into his private office at his home in Long Island.

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