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    Jerry Leiber (April 25, 1933- August 22, 2011), born in Baltimore
    Mike Stoller (March 13, 1933- ), born on Long Island
    Met in Los Angeles (1950)
    Songs include:
    'Hound Dog' by Big Mama Thornton
    'Riot in Cell Block #9' and 'Down At Smokey Joe's Cafe' by the Robins
    'Young Blood,' 'Searchin,' 'Yakety Yak,' 'Charlie Brown' and 'Little Egypt' by the Coasters
    'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Love Me,' 'Loving You,' 'Treat Me Nice' and 'Don't' by Elvis Presley
    'There Goes My Baby,' 'On Broadway' and 'Dance With Me' by the Drifters
    'Stand By Me,' 'Spanish Harlem' and 'I (Who Have Nothing)' by Ben E. King
    'Love Potion No. 9' by the Clovers
    'Lucky Lips' by Ruth Brown
    'Saved' by LaVern Baker
    'I'm A Woman' and 'Is That All There Is?' by Peggy Lee
    Founded Red Bird Records (1964)
    Songs featured in the Broadway musical revue 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' (1995)
    Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1985) and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987)
    Leiber began smoking Old Gold cigarettes at age nine.
    They convinced bandleader Johnny Otis to let Big Mama Thornton record 'Hound Dog' by offering him a co-writing credit; once the song was a hit, they backed out of the deal by revealing they were underage when they signed the contract.
    According to Otis, the original lyrics to 'Hound Dog' included stereotypical references to fried chicken and watermelon.
    They were no longer able to submit new songs to Elvis after feuding with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
    Their deal with Atlantic Records made them the first independent record producers.
    Many of their songs made incisive points about American culture.
    They served as inspiration for producer Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound.'
    Stoller and his wife survived the sinking of the Andrea Doria (1956).
    Ray Charles said, 'They were those bad white boys who wrote the blackest songs this side of Mississippi. I loved what they did.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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