Jerry Leiber, 1933 – 2011

August 22nd, 2011

Songwriter Jerry Leiber passed away today in Los Angeles at age 78 of cardiopulmonary failure.  Leiber, with his songwriting and production partner Mike Stoller, was responsible for numerous hit songs, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Love Potion No. 9,” and “Stand by Me.”

Leiber was born in 1933 in Baltimore.  He first met Stoller in Los Angeles in 1950.  Their songwriting partnership garnered them two Grammy awards, seven Tony nominations for the musical revue of their work Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and induction into the Songwriters and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame.  In 2009, Simon & Schuster published Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller autobiography.  Leiber and Stoller’s songs were featured on American Idol on May 11, 2011.  Leiber is survived by his songs Jed, Oliver, and Jake.