RIP Jerry Leiber ~ 1933-2011

‘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


About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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