JERRY WEXLER  1/10/17 – 8/15/08


“Jerry Wexler, who as a Billboard magazine writer changed the name of the genre from “Race Records” to the more respectable Rhythm and Blues, became a partner with Ahmet and his brother Neshui. Together they turned their little record company, Atlantic Records, into one of the major forces of the 20th Century!


When they brought, the Muscle Shoals Sound and Stax distribution deal into the equation, Memphis Soul dominated the charts. Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd produced classic records by Aretha Franklyn, and Dusty Springfield at Stax studios in Memphis Muscle Shoals studios using their musicians and songs in each location.


My friend, Quincy Jones, whose publishing I once represented, was overbooked to score films, and asked me to help him get someone to do the music for “Come Back, Charleston Blue”. This was the sequel to Sam Goldwyn, Juniors’ highly successful Blaxploitation film, “Cotton Comes To Harlem”. He got me the job and screen credit of musical consultant. The first composer to come to mind was Atlantic artist Donny Hathaway, who was riding high with his first album and single, “The Ghetto”. So Donny, in his Kangol Cap and me in my “Superfly” hat, “bop” into a screening of the film and had a commitment from both Sam, Jr. and Donny as soon as the lights came back on!


Now I had a chance to work with Jerry Wexler for the first time. He was a bit older than me, but he had twice the energy of a man half his age!  He had the ability to bring the best out of everybody, especially when he smiled, sorta’ like the grandfather you always wanted.”*


Jerry touched everyone who ever knew him with his humanity, and he will be surely missed.

Jerry Wexler, R.I.P. Rock In Perpetuity!


Respectfully, Artie Wayne


A list of Rolling Stones’, “20 essential Jerry Wexler productions”  http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/22615303/wex_on_wax_twenty_essential_jerry_wexler_productions


Aretha Franklin “Natural Woman”, written by Goffin, King, Wexler. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVSSgK7Y66g

From my forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”
Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne
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ISAAC HAYES   8/20/42 – 8/10/08

“While I was in Memphis, back in 1972, looking for a composer to write the theme song for the WB film “Cleopatra Jones”. I went to Stax Records, where longtime friend and sometime co-writer Steve Cropper (“Dock Of The Bay”, “In The Midnight Hour”) took me on a tour of the facility. The one office that really stood out was Isaac Hayes’. It was decorated with African primitive furniture, native tapas, and floor to ceiling zebra skins covering the walls.

Behind a magnificently carved wooden desk, he had a wooden chair, with elephant tusks for armrests, trimmed in ivory, worthy of a Nubian king! Unfortunately, he was having problems with the government and didn’t come into work that day. Though I never met him I always wondered If, had I gotten him to do the score for “Cleopatra Jones”, how it might’ve
turned out.”*

Issac Hayes, R.I.P. Rock in Perpetuity!

Respectfully, Artie Wayne

As I was searching YouTube I found these incredible videos!                                              Isaac Hayes and his academy award winning “Theme from Shaft” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNa0_u9UiJc

The “Theme from Shaft” and “Cafe Reggio” Isaac actually scoring the film 1971 (Rare)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgj_g_qQG50

Isaac Hayes and “Walk On By”                                                                   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5tqAbrZeX0

From my forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”
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