Leiber and Stoller in Michael Ball's Songwriting Partnerships
- 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,
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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