‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Stand By Me’ songwriter Jerry Leiber passes away aged 78
The legendary songwriter, Jerry Leiber, has died of cardiopulmonary failure in Los Angeles. The songsmith wrote hits for The Drifters, The Coasters and Ben E. Kin, and also penned some of Elvis Presley’s classic hits, including: “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock”.
Although “Hound Dog” was a huge hit for Elvis Presley and is now known as a rock and roll standard the track started out as a rhythm and blues number first recorded by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton in 1953. Have a listen to the difference between the two versions:
Hound Dog – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
Leiber, along with his songwriting partner Mike Stoller, wrote “Stand By Me”, which was a huge hit for Ben E. King in 1961.
Stand By Me – Ben E. King