Songwriter Jerry Leiber (Leiber/Stoller)

Jerry Leiber

April 25, 1933, Baltimore, MD ~ August 22, 2011, Los Angeles, CA

Born in Baltimore, when Leiber was five his widowed mother opened a grocery store near the black ghetto. It was there that he became fascinated with black culture, absorbing himself in the black community's music, dress, and attitude. In his teens the family moved to California where the bebop jazz movement was in full swing. At 16 Leiber began writing blues lyrics and, soon after, met pianist Mike Stoller. Leiber was the most outgoing of the two and his hipster jive and frenetic energy motivated the naturally withdrawn Stoller to begin writing songs together. For the next ten years the songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller virtually ruled the R&B and pop charts. ~ Allmusic: Jerry Leiber ~ retrieved April 25, 2014 © Allmusic

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As a Producer or co-producer

As a Writer or co-writer

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

They formed Spark Records in 1953 with their mentor, Lester Sill. Their songs from this period include Smokey Joe's Cafe and Riot In Cell Block #9, both recorded by The Robins. The label was later bought by Atlantic Records, which hired Leiber and Stoller in an innovative deal that allowed them to produce for other labels. This, in effect, made them the first independent record producers ~ Wikipedia: Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller ~ retrieved January 30, 2016 © Wikipedia

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller ~ Inducted in the 1987 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Leiber and Stoller advanced rock and roll to new heights of wit and musical sophistication. They were particularly influential during rock and roll’s first decade. […] They brought a range of stylistic flavor to their story songs, which ranged from wisecracking, finger-popping hipster tunes to quieter love ballads. ~ 1987 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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