Gerald "Jerry" Wexler died August 15, 2008. He was a music journalist turned music producer, and was regarded as one of the major record industry players behind music from the 1950s through the 1980s. During his time as an editor, reporter, and writer for Billboard Magazine, he christened black popular music with the name "rhythm and blues", the music Elvis listened to and recorded. He became a partner in Atlantic Records in 1953. There followed classic recordings with Ray Charles, the Drifters and Ruth Brown. In 1987 Wexler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he retired from the music business in the late 1990s.
Source: Google / Updated: Aug 17, 2008