RIP Jerry Leiber
Back in the early 1950s Country music and the Blues had a baby and they named it Rock & Roll. Two of the Godfathers there for the christening were lyricist Jerry Leiber and composer Mike Stoller. In those early years there were singers and there were songwriters and they weren’t the same people. Leiber and Stoller wrote many of the biggest hits of the ’50s and ’60s – twenty songs for Elvis alone.
Leiber & Stoller’s first song was written when they were both 17 and was first recorded by Big Momma Thornton in 1952. They also produced the record themselves. Here’s a version from 1965 with Buddy Guy on guitar: