Topic: Other Movie Genres
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
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
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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