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Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

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Both Leiber and Stoller were born in 1933 – just a few weeks apart – Leiber in Baltimore and Stoller in Queens, NY (thanks Peter Stoller).  Unlike the other Brill Building fab duos they would take an indirect route to the Brill Building – via sunny California.  In California they hit early and often as teens starting out – composing Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog”.  When they hit their stride – they were red hot.  They didn’t compose as far into the later decades as some of the other Brill writers – but their songs would become immortal classics – recorded time and time again for all time.  Jerry Leiber passed away in 2011.  Visit their entire song catalog on The Song Writer’s Hall of Fame website (Jerry Leiber Page Mike Stoller Page).

The Leiber/Stoller Hit Tally:*

The composition “Stand By Me” was in reality a song written by performer Ben E. King (of the Drifters).  However, Leiber and Stoller completely overhauled the song and thus all three generally are cited as co-writers which by King’s own admission – was just how it should have been.  We don’t show that release below but it is included in the “Hit Tally” – And it accounted for 12 charts landings by various performers over the years.

97 songs entering the Hot 100 (or “Bubbling Under”)

41 songs entering other charts (R&B – Country – Adult Contemporary or the U.K.)

138 total chart songs

33 songs entered Billboard Top 20

27 songs entered Billboard Top 10

6 songs achieved Billboard’s #1 position

1955 - OCT - robins - joes - R&B 10

Smokey Joe’s Café – 1955 – #10 R&B

1953 - thornton - hound - rb #1 1955 - JAN- charms - bazoom - rb #15 1955 - SEP - cheers - denim - 6

Hound Dog – 1953 – #1 R&B; Bazoom – 1955; Black Denim Trousers & Motorcycle Boots – 1955 – #6 Hot 100

1956 - AUG - presley - hound - 1 rb 1 uk 2 1956 - drifters - ruby - rb 10 1956 - MAR - coasters - mexico - rb 8

Hound Dog – 1956 – #1 Hot 100 – #1 R&B – #2 UK; Ruby Baby – 1956 – #19 R&B; Down in Mexico – 1956 – #3 R&B

1956 - NOV - elvis - love me - 2 rb 7 cw 10 1956 - SEP - coasters - kiss - 73 rb 11 1956 - turner, j - chicken - rb 7

Love Me- 1956 – #2 Hot 100 – #7 R&B – #10 C&W; One Kiss Led to Another – 1957 – #72 Hot 100 – #11 R&B; The Chicken and the Hawk – 1956 – #7 R&B

1957 - JUN - elvis - loving you - 20 cw 15 uk 24 1957 - MAR - brown - lips - 77 1957 - MAR - coasters - searchin - 3 rb 1 uk 30

Loving You – 1957 – #20 Hot 100#15 C&W – #24 UK; Lucky Lips – 1957 – #77 Hot 100; Searchin’ – 1957 – #3 Hot 100 – #1 R&B – #30 UK

1957 - MAY - coasters - blood - 8 rb 1 1957 - OCT - coasters - idol - 64 1957 - OCT - elvis - jailhouse - 1 rb 1 cw 1 uk 1

Young Blood – 1957 – #8 Hot 100 – R&B #1; Idol With The Golden Head – 1957 – Hot 100 #64; Jailhouse Rock – 1957 – #1 Hot 100 – #1 R&B #1 C&W – #1 UK

1957 - OCT - elvis - treat me - 18 rb 7 cw 11 uk 24 1957 - SEP - como - dancin - 76 1958 - AUG - drifters - drip - 58

Treat Me Nice – 1957 – #18 Hot 100 – #7 R&B – #11 C&W – #24 UK; Dancin’ – 1957 – #76 Hot 100; Drip Drop – 1958 – #58 Hot 100

1958 - coasters - yakety - 1 rb 1 uk 12 1958 - JAN - elvis - don't - 1 rb 4 uk 2 cw 2 1958 - OCT - elvis - king - uk 2

Yakety Yak – 1958 – #1 Hot 100 – #1 R&B – #12 UK; Don’t – 1958 – #1 Hot 100 – #4 R&B – #2 C&W – #2 UK; King Creole – 1958 – #2 UK

1958 - XX - elvis - square - rb 14 1959 - APR - harrison - kansas - 1 rb 1 1959 - APR - midnighters - kansas - 72 rb 16

Baby I Don’t Care – 1958 – R&B #14; Kansas City – 1959 – #1 Hot 100 – #1 R&B; Kansas City (Midnighters) #72 Hot 100 – #16 R&B

1959 - AUG - coasters - ivy - 7 rb 1 uk 15 1959 - coasters - run red - 36 rb 29 1959 - FEB - coasters - charlie - 2 uk 2

Poison Ivy – 1959 – #7 Hot 100 – #1 R&B – #15 UK; Run Red Run – 1959 – #30 Hot 100 – #29 R&B; Charlie Brown – 1959 – #2 Hot 100 – #2 UK

1959 - JUL - coasters - about us - 47 rb 17 1959 - MAY - coasters - jones - 9 rb 14 1959 - MAY - l richard - kansas - 95 ukl 26

What About Us – 1959 – #47 Hot 100 – #17 R&B; Along Came Jones – 1959 – #9 Hot 100 – #14 R&B; Kansas City – 1959 – #95 Hot 100 – #26 UK

1959 - MAY - olson - kansas - 60 1959 - OCT - drifters - dance with - 15 rb 2 uk 17 1959 - SEP - clovers - love potion - 23 rb 23

Kansas City – 1959 – Hot 100 #60; Dance With Me – 1959 – Hot 100 #15 – R&B #2 – UK #17; Love Potion No. 9 – 1959 – Hot 100 #23 – R&B #23

1959 - SEP - coasters - hog - 38 1960 - AUG - donegan - lorelei - UK 10 1960 - DEC - king, ben - harlem - 10 rb 15

I’m A Hog For You – 1959 – Hot 100 #38; Lorelei – 1959 – UK #19; Spanish Harlem – 1960 – Hot 100 #10 – R&B #15

1961 - APR - baker - saved - 37 rb 17 1961 - APR - coasters - egypt - 23 rb 16 1961 - AUG - coasters - girls - 96

Saved – 1961 – Hot 100 #37 – R&B #17; Little Egypt – 1961 – Hot 100 #23 – R&B #16; Girls, Girls, Girls – Hot 100 #96

1961 - JUL - damita - there - 12 rb 15 1961 - JUL - holly - square - UK 12 1961 - lawrence - claire - 68

I’ll Be There – 1961 – Hot 100 #12 – R&B #15; Baby I Don’ Care – 1961 – UK #12; My Claire De Lune – Hot 100 #68

1961 - MAY - king, ben - stand - 3 rb 1 uk 27 1962 - APR - santo & johnny - spansih - 101 1962 - AUG - justice - spanish - UK 20

Stand By Me – 1961 – Hot 100 #3 – RB #1 – UK #27; Spanish Harlem (Santo & Johnny) 1962 – Bubbling Under #101; Spanish Harlem – 1962 (Justice) – UK #29

1962 - AUG - presley - jim - 55 rb 13 1962 - AUG - presley - not you - 5 rb 13 uk 1 1962 - DEC - clifford - laurie - 68

Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello – 1962 – Hot 100 #55 – R&B #13 – She’s Not You – 1962 – Hot 100 #5 – R&B #13 – UK #1; What to Do With Laurie – 1962 – Hot 100 #68

1962 - SEP - jackson, chuck - forgettin - 55 1963 - APR - big three - guy - UK 37 1963 - AUG - hollies - searchin - UK 12

I Keep Forgettin – 1962 – Hot 100 #52; Some Other Boy – 1963 – UK #37; Searchin – 1963 – UK #12

1963 - AUG - jay & americans - america - 25 1963 - JAN - dion - ruby - 2 rb 5 1963 - JAN - lee, peggy - woman - 54

Only in America – 1963 – Hot 100 #25; 1963 – Hot 100 #2 – R&B #5; I’m A Woman – 1963 – Hot 100 #64

1963 - JUL - drifters - come back - 73 1963 - JUL - king, ben - nothing - 29 rb 16 1963 - JUN - exciters - get him - 76

If You Don’t Come Back – 1963 – Hot 10 #73; I Who Have Nothing – 1963 – Hot 100 #28 – R&B #16; Get Him – 1963 – Hot 100 #76

1963 - MAR - drifters - broadway - 9 rb 7 1963 - MAY - richard, cliff - lips - 63 UK 4 1963 - NOV - 23 uk 35

On Broadway – 1963 – Hot 100 #7 – R&B #9; Lucky Lips – Hot 10063 – UK #4; Kansas City – Hot 100 #23 – UK #35

1963 - NOV - dion - drip - 6 1963 - OCT - elvis - bossa - 8 rb 20 uk 13 1963 - SEP - bassey - nothing - UK 6

Drip Drop – 1963 – Hot 100 #6; Bossa Nova Baby – 1963 – Hot 100 #8 – R&B #29 – UK #13; I Who Have Nothing – 1963 – UK #6

1964 - AUG - sounds inc - spanish - UK 35 1964 - JAN - paramounts - poison - UK 35 1964 - MAR - clay - stand by - 102

Spanish Harlem – 1964 – UK #35; Poison Ivy – 1964 – UK #35; Stand By Me – 1964 – Bubbling Under #102

1964 - MAR - lynch - stand by - UK 39 1964 - NOV - searchers - potion - 3 1965 - DEC - fourmost - girls - UK 33

Stand By Me – 1964 – UK #39; Love Potion Number Nine – 1964 – Hot 100 #3; Girls, Girls, Girls – 1965 – UK #33

1965 - DEC - king curits - spanish - 89 1965 - OCT - grant, earl - stand - 75 1966 - DEC - turner - stand - 12 rb 3

Spanish Harlem – 1965 – Hot 100 #89; Stand By Me (Grant) – 1965 – Hot 100 #75; Stand By Me (Turner) – 1966 – #12 – R&B #3

1966 - JUN - shangri-las - past - 59 1966 - NOV - knight - i who - 46 1967 - DEC - sam sham - yakety - 110

Past, Present and Future – 1966 – Hot 100 #59; I Who Have Nothing – 1966 – Hot 100 #46; Yakety Yak – 1967 – Bubbling Under #110

1967 - FEB - righteous - jones - 108 1967 - JAN - elvis - fools - 102 1967 - MAR - brown - kansas - 55 rb 21

Along Came Jones – 1967 – Bubbling Under #108; Fools Fall in Love – 1967 – Bubbling Under #102; Kansas City – 1967 – Hot 100 #55 – R&B #21

1968 - JUN - monkees - washburn - 19 UK 17 1968 - MAY - ryder - ruby - 106 1969 - JUN - stevens, r - jones - 27

D.W. Washburn – 1968 – Hot 100 #19 – UK #17; Ruby Baby – 1968 – Bubbling Under #105; Along Came Jones – 1969 – Hot 100 #27

1969 - SEP - lee - is that all - 11 AC #1 1970 - APR - liquid - i who - 82 1970 - AUG - jones - nothing - 14 UK 16

Is That All There Is – 1969 – Hot 100 #11 – Adult Contemporary #1; I Who Have Nothing (Liquid Smoke) – 1970 – Hot 100 #82; I Who Have Nothing (Jones) – 1970 – Hot 100 #14 – UK # 16

1970 - JUN - boys in - how about - 48 1971 - DEC - coaster - potion - 76 1971 - JUL - franklin - spanish - 2 RB 1 UK 14

The Boys In the Band – 1970 – Hot 100 #48; Love Potion Number Nine – 1971 – Hot 100 #76; Spanish Harlem – 1971 – Hot 100 #2 – R&B #1 – UK #14 

1974 - NOV - craddock - ruby - 33 cw 1 1976 - MAR - bad co - blood - 20 1978 - JUN - cheech chong - framed - #41

Ruby Baby – 1974 – Hot 100 #33 – C&W #1; Young Blood – 1976 – Hot 100 #20; Framed – 1978 – Hot 100 #41

1978 - MAR - benson - on broadway 7 rb 2 1979 - MAR - sylvester - i who have - 40 rb 27 uk 46 1980 - MAY - gilley - stand - 22 CW 1

On Broadway – 1978 – Hot 100 #7 – R&B #2; I Who Have Nothing – 1979 – Hot 100 #40 – R&B #27 – UK #46 – Stand By Me – 1980 – Hot 100 #22 – C&W #1

1982 - NOV - joni - square - 47 1987 - APR - willis - blood - 68

You’re So Square – 1982 – Hot 100 #47; Young Blood – 1987 – Hot 100 #68

8 Comments

  1. Nice site! A couple of things you might like to know: 1) Mike Stoller was born in Belle Harbor, Queens, NY (Pittsburgh, PA is where his mother was born); 2) “Stand By Me” was, in reality, written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller, not by King alone; although King started the song, it took all three to complete it, which is how many songwriting collaborations work. Leiber contributed to the lyric, while Stoller developed the chord changes and composed the world-famous bass line. Thus, the three are not just “generally cited as co-writers”; they *are* co-writers.

    Peter Stoller
    Leiber/Stoller Productions

    • I did notice looking at several versions of Stand By Me – that sometimes on vinyl L&S are not cited at all – but for my taking – the song would never have flown without their touch – Seems that King more or less acknowledged that? Do you have a web site? Would like to visit – promote if so… Thanks for the note

      • The reason you sometimes don’t see their names on “Stand By Me” (amongst other songs) is that they used a pseudonym, “Elmo Glick” (derived from the names of blues giant Elmore James and the title character of Budd Schulberg’s “What Makes Sammy Run,” Sammy Glick). But, it’s still them.

        If you’d like some more info on Leiber & Stoller, come on down to the official website: http://www.leiberstoller.com

        It’s a long way from being what we’d ultimately like, but it’s a start, and I’m a few weeks from posting a long-pending update to our exhaustive (and exhausting) discography. Hundreds of additions, corrections, and new mistakes!

      • Thanks much – Going to add the Leiber Stoller official site to our drop down and links! Their “Yakety-Yak” Big Band LP displays proudly in frame in my hallway! Here’s another question – I noticed they co-penned Lorelei with Lonnie Donegan – Did they actually sit down and work with him? I do know that he was on the Atlantic label and released that in 1960 so I assume they were in touch with him? Thanks

    • PS – I updated the birthplace for Mike.

  2. Alas, the Pye label for “Lorelei” is in error. Leiber & Stoller wrote the song themselves. Here’s a pic of the (correct) Atlantic label: http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Lorelei-1960-45-Lonnie-Donegan-/00/$(KGrHqQOKnEE3ZeHQBy(BO!gWwTyBg~~_3.JPG

    However, L&S most certainly did work with the great Lonnie Donegan; they produced several tracks with him in the studio in New York, March 1960.

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