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"i urged aretha to be aretha," jerry wexler recalls. seated at the piano, surrounded by the band, her voice filled with mysterious sorrow. she effectively reshaped popular music. “from the start,” says wexler, “i saw (aretha) had raised the ante and upgraded the art form.”as a writer for billboard magazine in the late 40’s, jerry wexler coined the phrase “rhythm-and-blues” to replace “race music” as the generic, discriminate label for black popular music. “as a jew, i didn’t think i identified with the underclass: i was the underclass.”and so, the world changed.

"i urged aretha to be aretha," jerry wexler recalls. seated at the piano, surrounded by the band, her voice filled with mysterious sorrow. she effectively reshaped popular music. “from the start,” says wexler, “i saw (aretha) had raised the ante and upgraded the art form.”

as a writer for billboard magazine in the late 40’s, jerry wexler coined the phrase “rhythm-and-blues” to replace “race music” as the generic, discriminate label for black popular music. “as a jew, i didn’t think i identified with the underclass: i was the underclass.”

and so, the world changed.

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