Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography

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Simon and Schuster, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 322 pages
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IN 1950 a couple of rhythm and blues–loving teenagers named Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met for the first time. They discovered their mutual affection for R&B and, as Jerry and Mike put it in this fascinating autobiography, began an argument that has been going on for over fifty years with no resolution in sight.

Leiber and Stoller were still in their teens when they started working with some of the pioneers of rock and roll, writing such hits as "Hound Dog," which eventually became a #1 record for Elvis Presley. Jerry and Mike became the King’s favorite songwriters, giving him "Jailhouse Rock" and other #1 songs. Their string of hits with the Coasters, including "Yakety Yak," "Poison Ivy," and "Charlie Brown," is a part of rock ’n’ roll history. They founded their own music label and introduced novel instrumentation into their hits for the Drifters and Ben E. King, including "On Broadway" and "Stand by Me." They worked with everyone from Phil Spector to Burt Bacharach and Peggy Lee. Their smash musical Smokey Joe’s Café became the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history.

Lively, colorful, and irreverent, Hound Dog describes how two youngsters with an insatiable love of good old American R&B created the soundtrack for a generation.

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

I was intrigued by the story of these creators of so many popular songs, but found the style too choppy and disconnected, almost like reading an unedited diary with conversations thrown in. Read full review

HOUND DOG: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A revealing, accessible career overview of two of rock 'n' roll's primary architects.With conversational prose as rhythmic as the music and language in their well-known compositions, Leiber and ... Read full review


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Makin the Scene 45
Coastin 53
Absolute Harmony 57
Hound Dog 61
Spark 67
Hard Times 77
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Whats My Line? 143
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Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller first met in Los Angeles in 1950, moved to New York in 1957, and returned to L.A. in 1989, where they each still reside. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
David Ritz has written books with, among others, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Grandmaster Flash, and Paul Shaffer. He also co-wrote the song "Sexual Healing" with Marvin Gaye and Odell Brown.

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