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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Jerome 'Jerry' Leiber... 1933-2011
Mood:  sad
Topic: Other Movie Genres


Jerome 'Jerry' Leiber 

1933 - 2011

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Top Left Photo:  The front cover to the autobiography "Hound Dog" by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller & David Ritz Copyright © 2009 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
Above Top Photo:  The front cover to the UK Elvis Presley record... 'Elvis Presley Sings Leiber & Stoller' from 1980, one of the LPs released after Elvis' death. The photo on the cover was taken in 1957 at the MGM Studio!

TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3491:

Jerome 'Jerry' Leiber passed away yesterday...

I heard this at 1:48 PM on the Sirius Satellite Radio station's Elvis Presley Radio channel as I was driving on an errand, which I found ironic, as Jerry Leiber with his partner, Mike Stoller, had co-written many of my favorite songs that Elvis had recorded...

Jerry was born April 25th of 1933, so he was 78 years old.

Jerry started writing music together with Mike in Los Angeles in 1950, so he was pretty darn young at the time.  Mike was the composer, and Jerry the lyricist. You can find at lot more details about the duo at this Wikipedia link.

For you younger readers, who didn't grow up with the duo's songs being sung by the likes of The Coasters, The Drifters, Jay and the Americans, The Exciters, and Peggy Lee, Jerry & Mike were serious song makers for many years, before going into the production side. Their last major hit was for Stealer's Wheel in 1972, with 'Stuck In The Middle With You'.

However, it was the songs that they wrote and were recorded by Elvis Presley, or ones they wrote specifically for Elvis Presley's films, that were my favorites. Basically because I was a long time Elvis Presley fan & collector. (See this blog #3319 for that info.)

The UK LP shown at the top right of this blog has what the producers thought were the best of Leiber & Stoller songs to present on that collection.  I would have to agree on that as the LP contains:

1. Hound Dog
2. Love Me
3. Loving You
4. Hot Dog
5. I Want To Be Free
6. Jailhouse Rock
7. Treat Me Nice
8. Baby I Don't Care
9. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
10. Don't
11. Trouble
12. King Creole
13. Steadfast, Loyal & True
14. Dirty Dirty Feeling
15. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
16. Girls Girls Girls
17. Bossa Nova Baby
18. Little Egypt
19. Fools Fall In Love
20. Saved

So yeah, I would have to agree with those selections.

As for Leiber and Stoller's works... They do continue on in pop culture. One of the more recent episodes of the TV show 'American Idol' had a 'Leiber and Stoller' Night on May 11th of 2011.

It's taken several years for the duo to receive their 'due'.  Awards started being presented to them back in 1969, but the big ones were only presented afterwards, such as:

 1985 – Induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
 1987 – Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
 1988 – Elvis Presley's recording of “Hound Dog” placed in the Grammy Hall of Fame
 1991 – ASCAP Founders' Award
 1994 – A star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of 7083 Hollywood Blvd.
 1996 – National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award

But as Paul Shaffer said..."Leiber and Stoller?  There would be no 'Rock and Roll' without them!".

Note: There haven't been any comic books that were based on this duo's songs that I am aware of.  However there have been several Elvis Presely comics and a couple of graphic novels printed.  Should there have been any printed on Leiber and Stoller songs I'll do an addendum to this blog.

I never met either of this duo in 'real life', but enjoyed many of their songs in 'reel life' on the screen in Elvis movies.  My thanks to both of them for years of enjoyment.

...And my condolences to Jerry's family and friends.


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While being honored to be nominated, I'd also like to win! The competition has some other good nominees for the same category I was nominated for, so I'm asking for your help on this!  Voting ends on September 4th!

If you have enjoyed this blog or any of the others in the now over 3,482 blogs in this series of mine, I'd appreciate your vote!

Here is a direct link to the voting page. 'Comic Blogger of the Year' is the category, and 'Michael Hamersky On Comics' is the name I'm listed as to vote for.

Here is a link to blog #3481, where I went more into depth on this topic.

My thanks to any of you that take the time to vote for me!


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