RIP, Jerry Leiber

Half of the great songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, Jerry Leiber has died at the age of 78.  Among other things, he helped give the world “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem,” “I’m a Woman,” “Is That All There Is?”  and, in collaboration with Ben. E. King, “Stand By Me.”

Below, a blissful reminder of his talent: “Stand By Me,” recorded a couple of years ago by mostly unknown artists from around the world.

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  1. Leiber was the same age as Elvis. It is stunning to me to see that generation slowly passing into advance age and its inevitable end result. The rock and rollers, the rebels without a cause, the generation that produced the 60’s revolution is now geriatric and of old and venerable age of grand parents. Wow, the passing of the baby boom generation (even though Elvis and Lieber are slightly older) must have great effects for our society’s future.

  2. pagansister says:

    Couldn’t have told you who he was—but I certainly can identify with his contribution to to the music world! Can hum and sing the words to most of the songs they mentioned on the news reports of his death. Guess that makes me—old? Maybe–depends on the day!

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