Jerry Leiber, 1933-2011

Co-songwriter (with Mike Stoller) of “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Yakety Yak,” “Stand By Me” and countless others, Jerry Leiber died unexpectedly of cardiopulmonary failure. The songwriting duo chronicled their success—including induction in the Non-Performer category of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987—in a 2009 memoir, Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography.
Author:
Publish date:
Jerry_Leiber.jpg

Co-songwriter (with Mike Stoller) of “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Yakety Yak,” “Stand By Me” and countless others, Jerry Leiber died unexpectedly of cardiopulmonary failure. The songwriting duo chronicled their success—including induction in the Non-Performer category of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987—in a 2009 memoir, Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography.

During their career, they had 15 Number One hits in a variety of genres, performed by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, James Taylor and many others. In the 1990s, their songs were used in the Broadway revue Smokey Joe’s Café, which won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album in 1996.