Rock & Roll fans mourned the death of Amy Winehouse last month – but, as soulful and as talented as she was – now, we mourn the passing of a real Rock & Roll icon: Jerry Leiber. He was 78 years old. (Jerry’s the guy on the left of Elvis, above.)
Leiber and Stoller teamed up in 1950, when Jerry was a student at Fairfax High in Los Angeles and Mr. Stoller was a freshman at Los Angeles City College.
Leiber and Stoller followed up with some pretty damn good songs. Lots of them. Absolute classics.
It’s silly, really. These guys wrote “Jailhouse Rock”
“Treat Me Nice”
“Young Blood” (with Doc Pomus)
“Love Potion No. 9”
…and “Smokey Joe’s Café,” among many others.
R.I.P. Jerry Leiber.
You helped create my world.