December 17, 2008 |
In 1950, a couple of nice Jewish boys with a passion for black culture met up in Hollywood and changed popular music forever. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller not only found the sweet spot between smooth pop and raw blues, they were also among the first songwriters to produce their own songs. The duo's control over their material inspired everyone from Burt Bacharach to the Beatles: "We don't write songs," Leiber famously said. "We write records." Now their wildly successful revue, "Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller," which ran for more than 2,000 performances on Broadway, plays in a terrific revival at the El Portal.
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.
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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
May 1, 1991 |
No songwriters were better equipped to preside over the uneasy transition from the Tin Pan Alley tradition to the rock era than the legendary team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, whose wide range of material was equally the stuff of Edith Piaf and Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis and James Brown, Peggy Lee and Jerry Lee Lewis.
September 27, 2013 |
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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August 27, 2009 |
Ellie Greenwich, the New York songwriter behind a string of 1960s hits that gave effervescent voice to unbridled teen romance including "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Chapel of Love" and "Be My Baby," many of them in collaboration with producer Phil Spector, died Wednesday of a heart attack, according to her niece, Jessica Weiner. She was 68. She was being treated for pneumonia and "some other heart issues" at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York when she suffered the heart attack, Weiner said.