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Legendary Lyricist Jerry Leiber Dies

The "Leiber" of "Leiber and Stoller" - what more needs to be said?

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Among the tiny handful of the greatest songwriting teams of the rock 'n' roll era, Leiber and Stoller will be remembered for centuries for songs infused with riotous humor and explosive energy.

The tunes: Elvis Presley's (and Big Mama Thornton's) "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock";SToller and Leiber.jpg Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” “Spanish Harlem,” “I (Who Have Nothing)”; The Drifters’ “There Goes My Baby,” “Dance With Me,” “On Broadway”; The Coasters' “Searchin’,” “Young Blood,” “Yakety Yak,” “CJerry Leiber.jpgharlie Brown,” “Along Came Jones,” “Poison Ivy,” “Little Egypt”; Wilbert Harrison's “Kansas City”; Dion's “Ruby Baby,” “Drip Drop”; and Peggy Lee's “I’m A Woman” and "Is That All There Is?"

The successful musical built around their songs, Smokey Joe's Cafe, opened on Broadway in 1995, and their autobiography, Hound Dog (what else?), was published in 2009.

The witty, perceptive lyricist of the team, Jerry Leiber, died today in Los Angeles at 78.

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