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September 27, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. As a rule, composers of musicals are happy about any productions anywhere of their work. But Mike Stoller, the surviving half of the fabled songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, is particularly excited about the Pasadena Playhouse's impending revival of "Smokey Joe's Café," the jukebox musical built around more than three dozen of the signature hits he and longtime partner Jerry Leiber cranked out in the 1950s and 1960s.
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September 27, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. As a rule, composers of musicals are happy about any productions anywhere of their work. But Mike Stoller, the surviving half of the fabled songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, is particularly excited about the Pasadena Playhouse's impending revival of "Smokey Joe's Café," the jukebox musical built around more than three dozen of the signature hits he and longtime partner Jerry Leiber cranked out in the 1950s and 1960s.
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March 19, 2006 | Zev Chafets, Zev Chafets is the author of nine works of fiction and nonfiction. He also co-wrote the Hebrew doo-wop song "Boi Motek."
One day last year, while fooling around on the Internet, I discovered that Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller had an office on Sunset Boulevard. You could just ring them up, like a law firm or a dry cleaner. To me, it was like finding out William Shakespeare was alive and well and listed in the Stratford phone book. Leiber and Stoller were legendary figures, songwriters who practically invented rock 'n' roll. I had assumed they were long gone.
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September 26, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
A moment in the second act of the Pasadena Playhouse's revival of “Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” took me back to my teenaged years, when my brother strictly forbade me to sing any song he liked. Merely hearing a song in my voice, with its corny musical-theater inflection, could drain all the coolness out of it for him. For the entire first act of this musical revue, which ran on Broadway from 1995 to 2000, I was happily tapping my toes to songs both deeply familiar (“Kansas City,” “Poison Ivy,” “On Broadway”)
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November 13, 1994 | Chris Willman, Chris Willman is a regular contributor to Calendar
More than four decades after starting out in the business, and two decades after more or less retiring from the hit parade, songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller still stand as the most successful non-performing writing partnership in the history of rock 'n' roll. Imagine that no one else but these two had ever written a rock song.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1994
What a pleasure to read on Jan. 10 about Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber (songwriters extraordinaire) saving the nightclub owner who had not paid her just dues to ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). The news is so full of violence, hatred and crime that it is gratifying to see an act of love reported in the paper. Thanks, Leiber and Stoller--thanks, L.A. Times. PATRICIA DUBIN McGUIRE Los Angeles
BUSINESS
August 20, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
'Jailhouse Rock' Writers Sue Universal: The composers of the Elvis Presley hit "Jailhouse Rock" sued Universal Pictures for copyright infringement for using the song in the comedy "The Blues Brothers." In their federal court suit, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller said they wrote "Jailhouse Rock" in 1957 and "assigned the initial term of copyright ownership" to Elvis Presley Music Inc.
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April 2, 2006
The article on songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller was one of the best pieces I've ever read ("Inseparable," by Zev Chafets, March 19). Chafets couldn't have picked better subjects. But I wish the story had been longer. Just like their songs, I couldn't get enough. Ed Masciana Torrance Kudos on your enjoyable piece on Leiber and Stoller. I'm of a similar age and background and can appreciate the history of the times Chafets wrote about. When I was younger, I really enjoyed their earlier music and loved seeing "Smokey Joe's Cafe" when it played here.
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April 9, 2006
I was out strolling during lunch in New York City about 10 years ago when I saw Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in the courtyard of a building on Park Avenue ("Inseparable," by Zev Chafets, March 19). Being very familiar with their catalog of early rock 'n' roll songs and a great admirer, I was too intimidated to say hello, thank you and ask for an autograph. I still kick myself for being so shy. Shelby Asch Vista Leiber and Stoller are to R&B what D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille were to the Golden Age of Hollywood: the architectural visionaries of a vastly popular entertainment.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
If the Pasadena Playhouse had decided to adopt a theme song when a dire economy and long-standing debts forced it to cease operations for most of 2010 while it tried to claw its way back to solvency, “Stand by Me,” the 1961 pop-soul classic sung by Ben E. King, would have fit the situation precisely. It turns out that Mike Stoller, who co-wrote and co-produced “Stand By Me,” among dozens of other indelible hits of the 1950s and 1960s on which he teamed with his partner, the late Jerry Leiber, was paying attention, along with his wife, musician Corky Hale Stoller.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
If the Pasadena Playhouse had decided to adopt a theme song when a dire economy and long-standing debts forced it to cease operations for most of 2010 while it tried to claw its way back to solvency, “Stand by Me,” the 1961 pop-soul classic sung by Ben E. King, would have fit the situation precisely. It turns out that Mike Stoller, who co-wrote and co-produced “Stand By Me,” among dozens of other indelible hits of the 1950s and 1960s on which he teamed with his partner, the late Jerry Leiber, was paying attention, along with his wife, musician Corky Hale Stoller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2011 | Claudia Luther, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jerry Leiber, who with his songwriting partner, Mike Stoller, created a songbook that infused the rock 'n' roll scene of the 1950s and early '60s with energy and mischievous humor, has died. He was 78. Leiber, the words half of the duo, died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of cardiopulmonary failure, said Randy Poe, president of the songwriters' music publishing company.   Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Leiber and his lifelong writing partner, Stoller, wrote hits that included Elvis Presley's rat-a-tat-tat rendition of "Hound Dog" in 1956 and Peggy Lee's 1969 recording of the jaded "Is That All There Is?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2011 | Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Gil Bernal, a tenor saxophonist who during his long career played a variety of styles with artists such as Spike Jones, Lionel Hampton and Ry Cooder , has died. He was 80. Bernal died of congestive heart failure July 17 at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, his family said. Adept at playing pop, jazz or blues, Bernal sang and played with Hampton's big band and had memorable sax parts on such 1950s songs as Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and the Robins' "Smokey Joe's Cafe.
MAGAZINE
April 9, 2006
I was out strolling during lunch in New York City about 10 years ago when I saw Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in the courtyard of a building on Park Avenue ("Inseparable," by Zev Chafets, March 19). Being very familiar with their catalog of early rock 'n' roll songs and a great admirer, I was too intimidated to say hello, thank you and ask for an autograph. I still kick myself for being so shy. Shelby Asch Vista Leiber and Stoller are to R&B what D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille were to the Golden Age of Hollywood: the architectural visionaries of a vastly popular entertainment.
MAGAZINE
April 2, 2006
The article on songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller was one of the best pieces I've ever read ("Inseparable," by Zev Chafets, March 19). Chafets couldn't have picked better subjects. But I wish the story had been longer. Just like their songs, I couldn't get enough. Ed Masciana Torrance Kudos on your enjoyable piece on Leiber and Stoller. I'm of a similar age and background and can appreciate the history of the times Chafets wrote about. When I was younger, I really enjoyed their earlier music and loved seeing "Smokey Joe's Cafe" when it played here.
MAGAZINE
March 19, 2006 | Zev Chafets, Zev Chafets is the author of nine works of fiction and nonfiction. He also co-wrote the Hebrew doo-wop song "Boi Motek."
One day last year, while fooling around on the Internet, I discovered that Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller had an office on Sunset Boulevard. You could just ring them up, like a law firm or a dry cleaner. To me, it was like finding out William Shakespeare was alive and well and listed in the Stratford phone book. Leiber and Stoller were legendary figures, songwriters who practically invented rock 'n' roll. I had assumed they were long gone.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
A moment in the second act of the Pasadena Playhouse's revival of “Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” took me back to my teenaged years, when my brother strictly forbade me to sing any song he liked. Merely hearing a song in my voice, with its corny musical-theater inflection, could drain all the coolness out of it for him. For the entire first act of this musical revue, which ran on Broadway from 1995 to 2000, I was happily tapping my toes to songs both deeply familiar (“Kansas City,” “Poison Ivy,” “On Broadway”)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2011 | Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Gil Bernal, a tenor saxophonist who during his long career played a variety of styles with artists such as Spike Jones, Lionel Hampton and Ry Cooder , has died. He was 80. Bernal died of congestive heart failure July 17 at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, his family said. Adept at playing pop, jazz or blues, Bernal sang and played with Hampton's big band and had memorable sax parts on such 1950s songs as Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and the Robins' "Smokey Joe's Cafe.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 1994 | Chris Willman, Chris Willman is a regular contributor to Calendar
More than four decades after starting out in the business, and two decades after more or less retiring from the hit parade, songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller still stand as the most successful non-performing writing partnership in the history of rock 'n' roll. Imagine that no one else but these two had ever written a rock song.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1994
What a pleasure to read on Jan. 10 about Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber (songwriters extraordinaire) saving the nightclub owner who had not paid her just dues to ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). The news is so full of violence, hatred and crime that it is gratifying to see an act of love reported in the paper. Thanks, Leiber and Stoller--thanks, L.A. Times. PATRICIA DUBIN McGUIRE Los Angeles
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