Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jerry Leiber , songwriter of Elvis Presley, Beatles and Frank Sinatra, died

The American Jerry Leiber, songwriter for numerous Elvis Presley hits, the Beatles and Frank Sinatra, among others, died Monday at age 78 in Los Angeles, said his aide told AFP. Leiber died of cardiopulmonary failure at Cedars-Sinai, said Marilyn Levy, Leiber's personal assistant and his partner of 60 years ago, Mike Stoller, the composer of the duo.

The legendary "King of Rock and Roll" Elvis Presley played over 20 songs of Leiber and Stoller, including "Hound Dog" in 1956, which was 28 weeks in the list of most played and currently is ranked 19 of the 500 best songs ever, according to Rolling Stone.

They are also authors of "Stand by Me", a classic played by Ben E. King in the 60's and later by artists like John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Elton John. Leiber and Stoller, partners since 1950, wrote songs for dozens of iconic artists like Charles Brown, Ray Charles, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, BB King, James Brown, Little Richard, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Jimi Hendrix, Count Basie, Edith Piaf, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Aretha Franklin and many others.

The work of both was brought to Broadway under the title "Smokey Joe's Cafe", a musical comedy that had more than 2,000 functions.

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