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Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Wexler’

Died On This Date (November 28, 2011) Tom Roady / Drummer For Ricky Skaggs

Posted by themusicsover on November 28, 2011

Tom Roady
DOB Unknown – November 28, 2011

Tom Roady was a much respected drummer and percussionist who is perhaps best remembered for his recent work with Ricky Skaggs.  Roady can be heard playing on Skaggs’ latest offering, A Skaggs Family Christmas, Volume 2, and was gearing up to go out on tour with Skaggs.  Throughout his long career, Roady played with the likes of Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Dixie Chicks, Joan Baez, Bob Seger, and Kenny Chesney.  Earlier in his career, Roady was a session player at the storied Muscle Shoals studio, working for Jerry Wexler, and playing on tracks by Lynyrd Skynrd, James Brown, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, and many more.  As reported by CMT, Tom Roady was 62 when he passed away in his sleep on November 28, 2011.  Cause of death was reportedly attributed to heart problems, although he had been battling cancer.

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Died On This Date (August 15, 2008) Jerry Wexler / Legendary Producer & Label Head

Posted by themusicsover on August 15, 2010

Jerry Wexler
January 10, 1917 – August 15, 2008

In the studio with Aretha Franklin

Jerry Wexler was best known as a music producer who was responsible for some of the greatest music from the 1950s through the 1980s.  He also coined the phrase “rhythm and blues” while he was editor of Billboard magazine before he became a partner of Atlantic Records in 1953.  While at Atlantic he either produced or signed some of the all time greats of popular music.  That list includes Wilson Pickett, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers.  He retired from the music business in the late ’90s, and passed away of congestive heart failure in 2008.

Thanks to the Jeff Ballenberg for the assist.

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Died On This Date (June 25, 2006) Arif Mardin / Notable Producer & Arranger

Posted by themusicsover on June 25, 2010

Arif Mardin
March 15, 1932 – June 25, 2006

Born to a well-to-do family in Istanbul, Turkey, Arif Mardin, moved to the United States in 1958, having been awarded a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music.  After graduating, Mardin moved to New York City to break into the music business.  He took a job at Atlantic Records as assistant to fellow Turkish immigrant, Nesuhi Ertegun.  Within no time, Mardin became the label engineer and producer and eventually Sr. Vice President of the company.  Along with Tom Dowd and Jerry Wexler, he would be credited for creating the legendary “Atlantic Sound.”  Over his career he produced hits by a who’s who of popular music, and in doing so was awarded a dozen Grammys and over 40 gold and platinum records.  Artists that he produced include Barbra Streisand, the Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Queen, Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Dusty Springfield, and many more.  Arif Mardin died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 74.

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Died On This Date (April 22, 2008) Paul Davis / Had Hit With “I Go Crazy”

Posted by themusicsover on April 22, 2010

Paul Davis
April 21, 1948 – April 22, 2008

Mississippi born singer-songwriter Paul Davis was in his early 20s when he landed his first record deal with BANG Records, the boutique label formed by Bert Berns, Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, and Jerry Wexler.  For the next ten years, Davis released a string of semi-hits that barely cracked the Top 50, but in 1978, hit big with “I Go Crazy” which reached #7 on the Billboard charts.  At the time, it set the record for most consecutive weeks (40) for a rock era song in the Top 100.  What followed was a string of pop and country hits for himself as well as others including “Meet Me in Montana” which was a #1 country hit for Dan Seals and Marie Osmond.  Davis died of a heart attack on April 22, 2008.

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Died On This Date (December 14, 2006) Ahmet Ertegun / Iconic Label Head

Posted by themusicsover on December 14, 2009

Ahmet Ertegun
July 31, 1923 – December 14, 2006


Ahmet Ertegun was arguably the most celebrated record label executives in the history of recorded music. In 1947, he and Herb Abramson formed Atlantic Records to focus on R&B, jazz and gospel music.  Over the next decade, they brought Ertegun’s brother, Nesuhi Ertegun, and Jerry Wexler on board, while building an artist roster that included Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, and Big Joe Turner.  By putting more focus on the development of their artists’ talents and careers, Atlantic Records quickly established itself as one of popular music’s premier labels.  When the ’60s hit, Ertegun and other head’s of the label decided to broaden its focus to include soul and rock, signing such acts as Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Led Zeppelin, and Crosby, Still, Nash & Young.  The Erteguns sold Atlantic to Warner Bros. in 1969, but Ahmet stayed involved for many years to come.  On October 29, 2006, Ertegun fell and hit his head on the concrete floor, while in the VIP backstage area of a Rolling Stones concert.  He sustained head injuries that eventually lead to a coma.  On December 14 of that same year, Ahmet Ertegun, 83, passed away.

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