The North Door
"..."This is Jerry Wexler."..."
"...I knew Jerry Wexler. That’s no boast..."
"...Atlantic Blues (1949-1970) began the rollout this spring, and Atlantic Vocal Groups (1951-1963) concludes the series next year. “By 1959 the original rock & roll momentum was slowing down, and many of Atlantic’s attempts at keeping up with the kids were starting to sound alike and somewhat contrived,” furthers Vera. “Everybody at the company was tired of, in the words of Cashbox, ‘chasing teen coin,’ and the records reflected this fatigue.” Atlantic Soul (1959-1975) is what the late Ahmet Ertegun and his partner Jerry Wexler came up with instead...."
"...The correlation between music and math, if not explicit, is seldom documented with as much panache as Tom Dowd & the Language of Music. Dowd was one of the Atlantic Three; while Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler scouted talent, Dowd, a young physics student straight out of the university, recorded it and engineered it..."
"...At first, the fire is hidden in the smoke. Twelve bell-bottom bluesy country songs on a new CD, produced for vinyl in 1972 by Atlantic Records legend Jerry Wexler, performed by progressive country pioneers Freda & the Firedogs for a debut that never came out..."
"...At this point in his career, Willie had made his celebrated move back to Texas and was in the process of bringing Austin's rednecks and hippies together, playing everywhere from car dealerships on Sixth Street to the fabled psychedelic dungeon called Armadillo World Headquarters. While the world at large wasn't tuned into this, some of its hipper denizens were, and among these was Atlantic Records' Jerry Wexler, who'd decided it was time for his label to gently test the waters of country music, especially when he found out Willie's contract with RCA was up and Reshen was seeking more salubrious waters for his client's talents..."
"...The band consisted of Marcia Ball, John X. Reed, Steve McDaniels, David Cook, and Bobby Earl Smith, and in the early part of 1972 legendary producer Jerry Wexler, who'd already signed Doug Sahm and Willie Nelson, took a shine to them, and had them record an album for Atlantic..."
"...At the turn of the century, Atlantic Records mogul Jerry Wexler, whom Doug Sahm called "the funky Jewish king of black music," began dispersing his record collection to family and friends. A few crates' worth of Western swing records – mainly compilations of 78s preserved onto LPs in the 1970s – went to Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson..."
"...Their "stuff" caught the attention of Atlantic Records' Jerry Wexler, who brought Sahm and Meyers into the studio for the sessions that became 1973's Doug Sahm and Band. "Band" was an understatement; the lineup included Lone Star pals such as Jack Barber, Atwood Allen, and Flaco Jimenez, plus Dr..."
"...Wexler Loved Sahm..."
"...Jerry Wexler, Atlantic Records man and stone soul brother, was sent a copy of Los Lonely Boys, told only, "Willie Nelson's taken these boys under his golf swing." Wexler, who signed the Red Headed Stranger to Atlantic and produced the ultimate "Bloody Mary Morning" in '74's Phases and Stages, was intrigued...."
"...The audiences loved it, but the labels ignored them. Frank Zappa's imprint, Discreet, flirted with the Twinkies, after which Hubbard had a misunderstanding with Atlantic Records' Jerry Wexler as drinking and drugging in the band worsened ("A Man and a Half," Music, December 1, 2000)..."
"...Attn: Jerry Wexler..."
"...Today, Scott spends much of his time out on the road and in Europe. His debut at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April found the elfin singer mesmerizing a packed jazz tent with a set of lugubrious standards such as "All of Me," "Sweet Embraceable You," and "When Did You Leave Heaven." Both Dorn and his boss at Atlantic, Jerry Wexler, say Scott no longer exhibits the unmatched vocal gifts of his youth, but then one would be hard-pressed to find a contemporary vocalist whose ability to turn timeless compositions inside out, wrench from them every ounce of feeling, matches Scott's..."
"...Bert Berns' name doesn't command the same recognition as fellow trailblazing songwriter-producers Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Jerry Wexler, perhaps due to his death in 1967 at the age of 38, or perhaps because of the many bridges he burned during his brief but meteoric career. Yet his best work, productions with Solomon Burke, the Drifters, and the Isley Brothers, plus iconic compositions "Twist and Shout," "Hang On Sloopy," and "Piece of My Heart," attests to his immense talent, and veteran San Francisco Chronicle critic Joel Selvin's ambitious bio makes a convincing case for Berns as the artistic equal of his aforementioned peers..."
"...Okay, this is getting stupid! I would expect this in the Ohio or Iowa type Chronicle. But The Austin Chronicle? Yes, the guy in the picture with Jerry Wexler is the one and only Sir Dad Sahm ["TCB," Music, July 14]..."
"...The legend died July 4, 1974, at Willie's Picnic in Bryan. An ill-fated attempt by Jerry Wexler to record the Firedogs for Atlantic went awry over contracts (see Nowhere But Texas)..."
"...John to Flaco Jimenez's debut in the Anglo world on it. Jerry Wexler, who'd produced it, was a frequent San Francisco visitor in those days, and he'd call his press friends together at his hotel, play us some new releases, and then take us out for epic Chinese meals...."
"...HOFFBERGER Jerry Wexler, Danny Federici, Guns n' Roses..."
"...You can be quite sure that the unidentified (unknown) cowboy in the Jerry Wexler photo ["TCB," Music, July 14] is none other than the late and great Doug Sahm, who was in the same recording sessions in New York on that groovy day. You should have (really) picked it up...."