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Leiber and Stoller in Michael Ball's Songwriting Partnerships

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  • Colin Kilgour
    Most enjoyable and although I kind of groaned inwardly on reading that Michael Ball was presenting this, he was surprisingly perceptive in discussing the
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      Most enjoyable and although I kind of groaned inwardly on reading that
      Michael Ball was presenting this, he was surprisingly perceptive in
      discussing the careers of L & S and delivering the musical history lessons,
      much aided by Telegraph music journalist Neil McCormick*

      Decide for yourself, especially the segment from 11 to 16 mins.

      Great music example ........ but Michael, I couldn't see that Streisand has
      ever recorded 'Is That All There Is'. You hear the marvellous Peggy Lee
      version, El's 'Jailhouse Rock' and it was nice to be reminded of that
      fabulous record by Elkie Brooks

      Just watched a TV docu. on Gerry Rafferty and Mike Stoller spoke about their
      nightmare experience producing Stealers Wheel on their self-titled debut
      album. That was down to Rafferty's intransigence but it did produce some
      great cuts, not least "Stuck In The Middle With You" and Mr. Tarantino
      clearly thought so too

      I take issue with McCormick's assertion that L & S "are not really
      remembered as producers". Say what?! Don't let that put you off
      however, of listening to a grerat prog.

      *Neil McCormick is the Telegraph's chief rock music critic. He is a
      best-selling author and a television and radio pundit. His memoir of a
      misspent youth as a failed rock star has been filmed as 'Killing Bono' (out
      in April). You can follow him on twitter @neil_mccormick.
      Michael Ball: Songwriting Partnerships
      Join Michael Ball for a new six-part series in which he takes an in-depth
      look at the songwriting partnerships of Leiber and Stoller, Goffin and King,
      Cook and Greenaway, Gamble and Huff, Mason and Reid, and Jagger and
      Richards. Michael explores the songs they wrote, the artists they wrote for,
      and the
      skill required to write a popular song that stands the test of time.

      In the first episode, he looks at Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The pair
      wrote a twelve-bar blues called Hound Dog, which was originally recorded by
      Big Mama Thornton in 1952, before Elvis Presley made it his own in 1956. The
      rest, as they say, is history. The song has featured in hit movies such as
      American Graffiti, Grease,
      Forrest Gump, Lilo & Stitch, A Few Good Men and, most recently, Indiana
      Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

      Leiber and Stoller went on to write more hits for Elvis as well as the likes
      of Peggy Lee, The Coasters and Ben E. King. And their songs have also been
      recorded by Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, John Lennon and Lady Gaga, proving
      that a good song can stand tall in any era.

      First broadcast BBC Radio 2, 21 Feb 2012. Duration 55 minutes

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