Jerry Leiber was one half of Leiber and Stoller, one of the most influential and successful songwriting teams of the 1950s R&B movement. They played a critical role in the early days of Rock and Roll penning songs for rocks biggest and earliest stars such as Elvis Presley, the Drifters, the Coasters and Big Joe Turner. Their song for blues singer Big Mama Thornton entitled “Hound Dog” became a rock anthem when Elvis recorded it in 1956. Leiber and Stoller’s partnership and friendship spanned over 50 years, which was originally formed on their love of music.
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