Jerry Lieber, Man Behind Elvis Hits, Dead
One should look beyond Elvis to find the real depth of Jerry Lieber’s partnership with Mike Stoller. The duo penned rock and roll hits we still play today on oldies stations. One probably overlooked by many when reporting on Jerry Lieber would be Kansas City, the Wilbert Harrison recorded #1 hit in 1959. Lieber & Stoller hits were recorded by Ben E. King, The Drifters, The Coasters, and Peggy Lee (Is That All There Is-1969) and Steeler’s Wheel- Stuck in the Middle With You. Classics rock groups such as the Dixie Cups and Shangr—Las for Lieber & Stoller’s Red Bird Records.
The era has passed and so has the man, but, his songs, I suspect will live for decades longer.