Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jerry Leiber

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

One of the 20th centuries greatest lyricists, Jerry Leiber died yesterday at age 78.

Along with his partner, Mike Stoller, the team spent more then 60 years crafting some of the greatest songs of the Rock n Roll era.

I'm not going to say too much that about his life, because that will be covered by people who know far more about it then me, I just want to play some of his music.

George Benson - On Broadway

I love the they way Leiber captures the desperation and hope of struggle, it's a great song and not to diss the Coasters, Benson tears it up, really making it his own.

Elvis - Jailhouse Rock

Who doesn't love Jailhouse Rock?

Stoller's music is pitch perfect Rock n  Roll, and Leiber's lyrics are funny and sharp, making for what is one of the few, absolute, quintessential, Rock n Roll songs.

I could go on.

Hound Dog, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Love Potion no.9, Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem and so many others.

Rest in peace Jerry and thank you, so very much for your songs.

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