His name in Jerry Leiber and his name was often seen in tandem with his frequent songwriting partner Mike Stoller. The two met in Los Angeles in 1950, with Stoller primarily handling the music and Leiber writing the words.
Here are 25 songs that will outlast us all.
Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, "On Broadway" got a touch-up from Leiber and Stoller when they handed the song over to the Drifters. Does anyone not know this song? And if you don't, shouldn't you enroll in a class teaching you the history of earth?
24) "Don't": Elvis Presley got a lot of his songs from Leiber and Stoller, which is partly why he was so good. You can have a great voice and image, but what is it if you don't have the songs?the Coasters.
22) "Some Other Guy": Every Beatles fan the world over has seen that "rare" footage of the Fab Four rocking out this tune from the Cavern Club.Cliff Richard was Britain's big star, the guy the Beatles once dreamed of being as big as until they became even more popular. Richard had a hit with this in the UK and other places, but not the U.S. because we were waiting for the Beatles.
20) "Kansas City": Recorded by Wilbert Harrison, "Kansas City" is now probably best known by its Little Richard or Beatles version, despite the fact that Harrison had the bigger hit with it the first time around. Revisionism! It's everywhere!
18) "Love Potion #9": Just as Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" sounds kinda quaint when you hear it open with the shout of "1989," "Love Potion #9" has a similar moment where he's a flop with chicks since 1956. Nice to see, though, that being a loser has always been in style. George Clooney does not relate.King Curtis is on sax. It's one of those novelty records that little kids keep begging their parents to play over and over until said parents wish to kill them.
16) "Charlie Brown": Again, King Curtis kicks in on sax and the group, the Coasters, get to joke along much to the joy of children everywhere. Eventually, the name of a restaurant. Never been there, but used to drive by quite frequently.
14) "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots"": There was a time when jeans were so foreign to straight society that they could be known as trousers. At least Leiber didn't call them slacks.the Grateful Dead, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen and the Robins who had a hit in 1954.
12) "Student Demonstration Time": Mike Love of the Beach Boys always wanted to be part of the act, so he took the music of "Riot in Cell Block #9" and wrote his own words on top of it. Somehow I don't think Brian Wilson ever felt particularly artistically challenged with this guy in his group.Ben E. King and then by everyone from Terry Knight and the Pack, Tom Jones, Sylvester and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.
10) "Searchin'": Long before Sarah Palin began dropping the "g" from her words, Leiber was having hits with the stuff. Here, with the Coasters.Peggy Lee had the hit with this Jean-Paul Sartre inspired (or it that Nietzche?") number.
8) "I'm A Woman": This is what we call using your imagination. Neither Leiber nor Stoller were women.
6) "Trouble": Elvis Presley got a quite a few songs from Leiber and Stoller. He (or someone in the Elvis camp) decided to use this tune to open his "comeback special." Likely because there was a time when parents viewed Elvis as being exactly this....trouble. Can you imagine? Elvis?Phil Spector and as you may have heard Phil Spector is, uh, crazy.
2) "Stand By Me": With over 400 cover versions of this song, including Muhammad Ali, Lemmy from Motorhead, John Lennon and Otis Redding, "Stand By Me" is an all-time classic, though, chances are you are more familiar with the Ben E. King version than the one by Alvin and the Chipmunks.Big Mama Thornton. The song was written about a sleazy guy, after all, and not a canine. Get your rabbit off my lawn, kid!
- Elvis Presley