Oral History Information
Mike Stoller always had musical ideas as a kid but never felt complete as a songwriter until he met Jerry Leiber. Together Leiber and Stoller redefined R&B and Rock & Roll with a long string of hit songs beginning in the early 1950s for performers such as Big Mama Thornton and Big Joe Turner. They also wrote several hits for Elvis Presley including “Jailhouse Rock” and “Treat Me Nice.” Their success as songwriters allowed them to also redefine some of the policies and practices within the music publishing industry including roles in licensed music and the distribution of printed music overseas. Their friendship and partnership has spanned over 50 years!