Rhythm and Blues

Associated Press

For decades, "race music" was the euphemism used for recordings by African American musicians. That didn't sit well for a young music journalist named Jerry Wexler, who coined the term "rhythm and blues" in 1949. The term stuck.

But it was as an executive and producer at Atlantic Records that Wexler changed American music. He introduced the masses to Ray Charles and Big Joe Turner, and honed the sound of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. 


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The Grammy Awards will take place this weekend. While music's biggest stars are preparing to hit the red carpets and stage in Los Angeles, friends and families are rooting for Georgia nominees. That includes music producer and composer, David Harris, who worked with the rhythm and blues musician H.E.R. She is nominated in five categories. 

Harris collaborated with H.E.R. on "Focus," which is nominated for best R&B song. Harris also worked on other songs from H.E.R.'s debut album that is nominated for best R&B album. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards airs Feb. 10 at 8:00 pm.