Composer, Producer, Lyricist
( b. Apr 25, 1933 Baltimore, Maryland, USA - d. Aug 22, 2011 ) Male
Song writing partner of Mike Stoller
Jerry Leiber is considered one of the most important songwriters in the history of rock & roll. His 60-year partnership with Mike Stoller has produced such songs as "Stand By Me," "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Young Blood," "On Broadway," "Yakety-Yak" and countless other classics.
Within three years of meeting each other, Leiber and Stoller were the hottest songwriters in the business --writing hits for the Drifters, Coasters and the Robins and many other R&B groups of the era. In 1956, their career went to a higher level when Elvis Presley took "Hound Dog" -- which they wrote for Big Mama Thornton four years earlier -- and turned it into a gigantic hit. The hits continued into the early 1960s with such classics as "Stand By Me" and "Spanish Harlem," but when the Beatles broke in America in early 1964, the music industry changed very quickly.
They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
In 1995, the catalog of hits from Lieber and Stoller were turned into the Broadway musical Smokey Joe's Cafe.
Source: The New York Times