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August 15th, 2008

Goodbye

It's the Beat

A man with whose name I grew up, Jerry Wexler, has died.

(And, since my link doesn't appear to be working, here's the link to the Chicago Tribune story: 

www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/la-me-wexler16-2008aug16,0,4468043.story  )

His name seemed to pop up on the back of every second or third record album I had; as a teen I hadn't the slightest idea of what role he played in bringing the music to me, but I knew, simply from context, that he was important. And he's gone now. What he wrought is still around, a reality of which I suspect he approved.