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Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

In 1950 a couple of rhythm and blues-loving teenagers named Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met for the first time. Leiber was looking for someone to help compose music for lyrics hed written, and a friend recommended a piano player named Mike Stoller. They discovered their mutual affection for R&B, and, as Jerry and Mike put it in this fascinating autobiography, it was the beginning of an argument that has been going on for more than fifty years with no resolution in sight.Leiber and Stoller had their first success with a song called Hard Times that became an R&B hit in 1952. They followed it with the classic song Kansas City, and then another bluesy composition, Hound Dog, for the inimitable Big Mama Thornton. They were still in their teens and working with some of the pioneers of rock and roll. A few years later Hound Dog would become a #1 record for Elvis Presley, and Jerry and Mike became the Kings favorite songwriters. They wrote such early Elvis hits as Jailhouse Rock, Treat Me Nice, and Youre So Square (Baby I Dont Care). Their affection for Elvis was mutual, but Elviss manager, Colonel Tom Parker, didnt appreciate Jerry and Mikes independent ways and ended the relationship.Leiber and Stoller had a string of hits with the Coasters, including Yakety Yak, Poison Ivy, and Charlie Brown. They infused their songs with wit and playfulness. They had founded their own music label, which led them to an arrangement with Atlantic Records, where they wrote hits for the Drifters and Ben E. King, including On Broadway (with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) and Stand by Me (with King). Their productions for the Drifters brought new instrumentation and musical sophistication to rock music.Not yet in their thirties, Leiber and Stoller became part of the Brill Building scene in the early 1960s. Their Red Bird label produced and recorded some of the most successful girl groups of the era. Along the way they mentored an ambitious young writer-producer named Phil Spector and influenced musician Burt Bacharach.In a completely different genre, Leiber and Stoller wrote and produced Is That All There Is? for Peggy Lee. They also created the smash musicalSmokey Joes Caf, which premiered in 1995 and became the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. With the assistance of David Ritz, they describe what it was like when Elvis was a fresh new face and when two young guys with tons of talent and an insatiable love of good old American R&B could create the soundtrack for a generation -- and have a great time doing it.

Author: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

Language: English

Edition: 1ST

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2009-06-09

Our Price: $4.67

ISBN: 1416559388

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