Jerry Wexler, a native of New York, played a pivotal role in developing Muscle Shoals into a major recording center.
In 1966, Wexler, a partner in Atlantic Records, brought Wilson Pickett to Fame studio in Muscle Shoals where he produced the classic "Mustang Sally" and "Land of 1,000 Dances". The following year, Wexler brought Aretha Franklin to Fame to launch her reputation as "Queen of Soul."
In 1969, he committed the label to record with the fledgling Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section, producing many memorable hits on artists such as Willie Nelson, The Staple Singers, Dire Straits, and Bob Dylan.
Wexler is the 1987 John Herbert Orr Pioneer Award recipient.
Other Jerry Wexler sites:
The Genius of Jerry Wexler
Jerry Wexler at Memphis Music