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Jerry Leiber

Notes on "Artistry" and Award Shows

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 02.13.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

I love music so much; that I don't see what good comes from choosing one cultural export as the song that defined our year 2014. The investigation of the word "artistry" is the only good thing to emerge from this media blip.

Stand By Them

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

I've written about Mike Stoller a few times before, always with his longtime partner Jerry Leiber of 60 years, one of the great songwriting teams in music history. When I say "legendary," and one of the great songwriting teams in music history, that is not hyperbole.

Conversations with Melanie and Steve Forbert, Plus Noah Chenfeld's 'Suddenly End'

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.23.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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'Hound Dog' Songwriter Dead At 78

AP | JACOB ADELMAN | Posted 10.22.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Jerry Leiber, who with longtime partner Mike Stoller wrote "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Yakety Yak" and other hit songs that ca...

Is That All There Is? A Fond Farewell to Jerry Leiber

Martin Lewis | Posted 10.22.2011 | Entertainment
Martin Lewis

Jerry Leiber was not only a superb songwriter and producer but also an extremely funny, droll wit of the highest order. I had the honor to know him a little and his humor and his generosity of spirit were exemplary and uplifting.

Dukes of September, McCartney's Guitarist & An Australian's Tourabout: Conversations With Michael McDonald, Brian Ray, and Xavier Rudd

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to singer Michael McDonald, "I remember thinking, 'God, why [is Motown] asking me to do this?' At the same time, I wanted so badly to do it and I wouldn't allow myself to say no."

Songwriting Legend Ellie Greenwich Gone at 68

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ellie Greenwich became one of the U.S.'s top songwriters in the sixties, and she is most famous for having co-penned classics such as "Be My Baby" and "Chapel Of Love."

The Unknown, Famous Leiber and Stoller

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

Mike Stoller and his writing partner Jerry Leiber are a songwriting team for which the description "legendary" was coined. Even if their names are not familiar to you, you've heard their music.