I Write the Songs (part 3) Jerry Leiber (April 25, 1933 – August 22, 2011) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) This pair met in Los Angeles and by age 17 their songs were being recorded. With the success of "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton in 1953, they, along with their mentor Lester Sill, formed Spark Records which was the first of many businesses. Though they were not initially fans of Elvis's rendition of Hound Dog, they grew to have a great relationship with him and wrote some of his #1 hits such as " Don't " (1958) and "Jailhouse Rock" (1957) as well as several other top tens. They wrote " There Goes My Baby " and "On Broadway" for The Drifters, and "Stand By Me" and " I (Who Have Nothing) " for Ben E. King, which would go on to be a hit song for at least five other artists. Their favorite group were The Coasters who had four #1 R&B songs and a dozen other hits on Billboard's Hot 100 an
A blog about cover songs. Much about the 50's thru 70's and beyond. Blues, Rock, and Country focus with a bit of everything in between. Artist profiles, song profiles and theme's with cover songs being the central focus.