Influence of MusicInspirationMusic HistoryMusic History Monday: April 25

April 25, 2016by emilylowe0

Music History Monday: April 25 Happy Birthday, Jerry Leiber! Jerome “Jerry” Leiber was born on this day in 1933 in Maryland. Better known as half of the legendary songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller, Jerry was responsible for helping to create a definitive mid-century pop sound. The songs written by Leiber and Stoller were written during the...

Music History Monday: April 25

Happy Birthday, Jerry Leiber!

Jerry Leiber, Elvis Presley, and Mike Stoller
Jerry Leiber, Elvis Presley, and Mike Stoller

Jerome “Jerry” Leiber was born on this day in 1933 in Maryland. Better known as half of the legendary songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller, Jerry was responsible for helping to create a definitive mid-century pop sound. The songs written by Leiber and Stoller were written during the dawn of the rhythm and blues sound crossing over to a more “mainstream” pop sound.

Also dubbed the “powers behind the throne” of the King of rock n’ roll, Elvis Presley, Leiber and Stoller were responsible for more than 20 of Presley’s chart-topping hits. The duo penned, “Hound Dog”, “Love Me”, “Loving You”, and “Jailhouse Rock” to just name a few.

Jerry Leiber met Mike Stoller in 1950 at the age of 17, the pair had a mutual love of boogie-woogie and blues. Just after 3 years of working together, they had songs recorded by major R & B stars including, Ray Charles and “Big Mama” Thornton.

Their fame in the R & B world gained the attention of Atlantic Records heads Ahmet Ertegun ad Jerry Wexler, who signed the duo to the first independent production deal in 1955. Over the next decade their work with Atlantic dominated the charts and included hits like, “Stand By Me” (written with Ben E. King), “On Broadway”, and “Love Potion #9”.

The duo were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985, the Record Producers Hall of Fame in 1986, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1988, the duo’s song “Hound Dog” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and in 1991 Leiber and Stoller received the ASCAP Founder Award.

In 2000, the duo’s 50th year together, they won the prestigious Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters and the Songwriter Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award.

Jerry Leiber passed away in August of 2011, but left an indelible mark on pop music. In fact, one of our Music Star Studio students performed “Love Potion #9” at our Spring Recital yesterday!

If you are looking for a music lessons in the Nashville area, head over to Music Star Studios to get started today!

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