Jerry Wexler coined the term "rhythm and blues" while working as a writer for Billboard magazine in the late '40s.
He was the producer's producer, and the late Ahmet Ertegun's partner at Atlantic Records.
Solomon Burke said:If you're into music history, be sure to check out the links."Jerry Wexler didn't change the sound of America, he put the sound to the public. He opened the doors and windows to the radio stations ... and made everybody listen."
EDIT: A great tribute from Rolling Stone...