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jasmine

Leiber and Stoller

I had no idea that these 2 little unassuming Jewish guys wrote so many songs that we all know and love.  So many of them were sung and adopted by blacks .  Wouldn't have know that but saw that Leiber passed away.  

http://www.rollingstone.com/music...-the-songwriting-legends-20110822
scrutney

Re: Leiber and Stoller

jasmine wrote:
I had no idea that these 2 little unassuming Jewish guys wrote so many songs that we all know and love.  So many of them were sung and adopted by blacks .  Wouldn't have know that but saw that Leiber passed away.  

http://www.rollingstone.com/music...-the-songwriting-legends-20110822


i'm sorry to hear that...l&s were a truly astonishing team of songwriters.
on the set of jailhouse rock *for which they wrote a bunch of songs) they kept trying to get elvis into a back room where they could pitch some songs to him or possibly a colaboration.

this drove the colonel (elvis' manager) crazy because he cleared all the songs for the king and funneled them all through their joint songwriting company...if you wanted to write songs for elvis, a large portion of the royalties went to elvis (and 50% of those royalties went to...you guessed it, colonel tom parker).

i think the colonel had leiber and stoller banned from the set.
wikipedia wrote:
The Coasters' association with Leiber and Stoller was an immediate success. Together they created a string of good-humored "storytelling" hits that are some of the most entertaining from the original era of rock and roll.[1] Their first single, "Down in Mexico," was an R&B hit in 1956 and appears (in a re-recording from 1970—still with Gardner singing the lead) on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof. The following year, The Coasters crossed over to the national charts in a big way with the double-sided "Young Blood"/"Searchin'." "Searchin'" was the group's first U.S. Top 10 hit, and topped the R&B charts for 13 weeks, becoming the biggest R&B single of 1957 (all these were recorded in Los Angeles).

"Yakety Yak" (recorded in New York), featuring King Curtis on tenor saxophone, included the famous lineup of Gardner, Guy, Jones, and Gunter, became the act's only national #1 single, and also topped the R&B chart. The next single, "Charlie Brown," reached #2 on both charts. This was followed by "Along Came Jones," "Poison Ivy" (#1 for a month on the R&B chart), and "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)."
jasmine

A learning experience for me about the history of music.  I had no clue that these songs were written by L&S.  I think it is time to hit the hay now.  I am all over this site, but a little nervous about where Irene is going, since I have so many friends in the area of the storm.

Nite, Scrut

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