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Jerry Leiber Poster

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Date of Birth 25 April 1933Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Date of Death 22 August 2011Los Angeles, California, USA  (cardiopulmonary failure)
Birth NameJerome Leiber

Mini Bio (1)

Jerry Leiber was born on April 25, 1933 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Jerome Leiber. He was married to Gaby Rodgers. He died on August 22, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Gaby Rodgers (? - 22 August 2011) (his death)

Trivia (11)

With Mike Stoller, elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 under the category Non-Performer.
Inducted with his writing partner Mike Stoller into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.
With partner Mike Stoller owned the Red Bird and Blue Cat record labels.
Wrote the lyrics and partner Mike Stoller) wrote music for numerous songs for Elvis Presley including: "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" / "Bossa Nova Baby" / "Dirty, Dirty Feeling" / "Don't" / "Fools Fall in Love" / "Girls! Girls! Girls!" / "Hot Dog" / "Hound Dog" / "I Want to Be Free" / "If You Don't Come Back" / "Jailhouse Rock" / "Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello" / "King Creole" / "Little Egypt" / "Love Me" / "Loving You" / "Santa Claus is Back in Town" / "Saved" / "She's Not You" (with Doc Pomus) / "Steadfast, Loyal, and True" / "Three Corn Patches" / "Treat Me Nice" / "Trouble" / "You're the Boss". The duo reportedly wrote "Baby I Don't Care," "I Want to Be Free," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Treat Me Nice" over a period of 4 hours one afternoon.
He and partner Mike Stoller were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
He and his German-born, actress wife, Gaby Rodgers (nee Gabrielle Rosenberg), the daughter of a major art dealer, had three sons: Jed Leiber, Oliver Leiber and Jake Leiber.
He and his creative partner, Mike Stoller, met in Los Angeles when they were 17, and worked together until Jerry's death in 2011, at age 78. Their collaboration was detailed in their 2009 memoir, "Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography", and their music was showcased in their Grammy-winning Broadway musical, "Smokey Joe's Cafe".
Their career produced 15 #1 hits in different musical genres by such artists ranging from'Barbra Streisand', Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin.
Is a graduate of Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, where he also worked in Norty's Record Shop. There he met record promoter Leonard Sill and told him he wanted to become a songwriter. Sill advised him to team up with a pianist, which led to his friendship with Mike Stoller.
His parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland who ran a general store in Baltimore. When Jerry was 5, his father died and his mother made a futile attempt to run another small store in one of the city's worst slums. But seven years later, they moved to Los Angeles.
Mike Stoller and his musical revue, "Smokey Joe's Cafe," at the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was awarded the 2013 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Revue Production.

Personal Quotes (3)

Irving Berlin was the greatest songwriter of all time. I was in awe of him. But his music wasn't my music. My music was the blues.
[on writing "Hound Dog" with Mike Stoller] I yelled, he played. The groove came together and we finished in 12 minutes flat. I work fast. We raced right back to lay the song on [Big Mama Thornton].
Often I would have a start, two or four lines. [Mike Stoller] would sit at the piano and start to jam, just playing, fooling around, and I'd throw out a line. He'd accommodate the line--metrically, rhythmically.

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