‘Hound Dog’ Songwriter Jerry Leiber Dead At 78

Along with writing partner Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber penned some of the greatest classics of the rock and roll era.  The New York Times is reporting that the man responsible for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Presley[/lastfm]’s Hound Dog, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Coasters[/lastfm]’ Yakety Yak, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ben E. King[/lastfm]’s Stand By Me passed away Monday in California at the age of 78 of cardio-pulmonary failure.

Leiber and Stoller were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, honoring over three decades of their amazing hit factory.  Let’s take a look at 10 classic tunes from the Leiber and Stoller songbook and be prepared to exclaim, “I didn’t know they wrote that!”

Hound Dog as recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Presley[/lastfm]

Yakety Yak as recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Coasters[/lastfm]

On Broadway as recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Drifters[/lastfm]

Stand By Me as recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ben E. King[/lastfm]

Kansas City as recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wilbert Harrison[/lastfm]

Jailhouse Rock as recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Presley[/lastfm]

Poison Ivy as recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Coasters[/lastfm]

Love Potion #9 as recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Searchers[/lastfm]

Chapel of Love as recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Dixie Cups[/lastfm]

Leader of the Pack as recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Shangri-las[/lastfm]

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  1. RainbowRay says:

    Sorry to hear of his passing, but on the brighter side, listening to this song keeps me dreaming and BELIEVING that Fiona and I will be together in Memphis very soon. Miss you so much oney and my heart is aching for you, but tmy love for you grows stronger every day (I can feel it every morning when I get up and every night when I go to bed and dream of you) XXXXOOOO
    RainbowRay

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