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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.

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supergee
Aug. 15th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed his memoir, Rhythm and the Blues.
kaffyr
Aug. 16th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Yet another book I've got to put on my list.
mjlayman
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
The WashPost made a reference to his death on today's front page and had an Appreciation on the front page of Style. His obituary is linked near the top of the article.
kaffyr
Aug. 17th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for putting me onto this! Hope you're feeling OK this weekend!
mjlayman
Aug. 17th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
You're welcome. :) I'm still a little gimpy, but nothing like the last few days.
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