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Jerry Leiber – Legendary Songwriter dies at 78

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The legendary songwriter, Jerry Leiber dies at 78. Jerry Leiber has got his reputation besides co-writer Mike Stoller. He has penned his tunes for ‘The Drifters’, ‘The Coasters’ and Ben E King as well as Presley.

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller have infused their songs with the influences from their blues and jazz backgrounds. He died of cardiopulmonary failure in Los Angeles. He started his career in 1953 when Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton became the first artist to record Hound Dog.

A rhythm and blues number, the track has gone to the top of the charts and later the song became an even more successful hit record for Presley. He has reinvented it as a rock and roll standard. However, the pair has also crafted the enduring Ben E King hit ‘Stand By Me’ which was seen by critics as one of their most influential and enduring songs.

The president of the Hall of Fame, Terry Stewart has told that the music world has lost today one of its greatest poet laureates. He added that Jerry not only has written the words that everyone was singing but also has led the way in how we verbalised our feelings about the societal changes we were living with in post-World War II life.

The president and CEO of the Recording Academy in the US, Neil Portnow has said that with a career that has spanned musicals to R&B and rock roll, Jerry lyrical talent along with Stoller’s composing skill has helped to shape the music of 1950’s and 60’s. He also told that together they were an extraordinary team that has generated a rich and diverse musical catalogue that leaves an indelible imprint on our cultural history.

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