Tuesday, August 23, 2011

R.I.P. Jerry Leiber, An American Songwriter

Songwriter Jerry Leiber passed away Monday and has left an enormous legacy of American music for the world to enjoy. Leiber and writing partner Mike Stoller began working while still teens and soon rocked the world with tunes like "Hound Dog" for Elvis Presley, "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King and that was just their beginning days.

Via their offcial website:

"Leiber and Stoller have been the recipients of countless awards and honors, including inductions into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But the greatest compliment to any songwriter is to have his songs recorded by the best in the business. Artists who have recorded songs by Leiber and Stoller include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, James Brown, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Joe Williams, Tom Jones, Count Basie, Edith Piaf, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Luther Vandross, John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, and over a thousand others."

Their catalog of music continues to bring musician to the studio. Director Quentin Tarantino used a hit written for The Drifters. "Down In Mexico" for a scorching scene in his movie "Death Proof", and in "Pulp Fiction", the song "Stuck in the Middle With You" became even more astonishing, a song produced by the songwriters.

The duo made many powerful musical moments - Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is" for one, "Jackson" by Johnny Cash and June Carter for another. Here's just one of their tunes I've always liked. .

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