They’re Playing Our Song: Jerry Leiber and the Power of Collaboration

Posted: September 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

They’re Playing Our Song: Jerry Leiber and the Power of Collaboration
By Del Bryant, President & CEO, BMI

Last month, the world lost one of the greatest songwriting collaborators of all time — Jerry Leiber. A legendary and iconic BMI songwriter, Leiber was instrumental in shaping the sound and subject matter of rock & roll and early rhythm & blues. The songs Jerry Leiber wrote with his longtime friend and writing partner Mike Stoller — risqué, funny, tongue-in-cheek and exquisitely crafted — were able to accelerate rapidly antiquating social conventions, foreshadowing and even sparking the dramatic social changes that soon followed. Leiber and Stoller’s extraordinary perspective, wit and eye for detail transcended race and gender in ways that can still leave listeners wondering how a couple of young Jewish kids could even know some of these specifics, much less shape them effortlessly into couplets that would burst with absolute authenticity from the grooves of 45s by the Coasters, Big Mama Thornton, Elvis Presley, Ben E. King and others. Here is the first verse of Leiber’s “Down Home Girl,” recorded by New Orleans r&b guitarist Alvin Robinson, and later by the Coasters…

 

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They’re Playing Our Song: Jerry Leiber and the Power of Collaboration

 

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