Here's some info I found on the Bob Corritore Blues Newsletter about songwriter Jerry Leiber, following his death on Monday. Corritore is quoting Rolling Stone on Leiber's importance, not only to early rock, but to blues and R&B in the 1950s.
This list reminded me that some of the great music we associate with black music and black artists actually came from the fertile imaginations of these two men:
Andy Greene of Rolling Stone Magazine is quoted: "Jerry Leiber, one of the most important songwriters in the history of rock & roll, whose 60-year partnership with Mike Stoller produced "Stand By Me," "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Young Blood," "On Broadway," "Yakety-Yak" and countless other classics, has died of cardiopulmonary failure. He was 78." It really is impossible to overstate Jerry Leiber's contributions specifically to blues, 1950's R&B, and early rock and roll. Here is a link to Leiber & Stoller's massive discography:http://www.leiberstoller.com/Discography.html.
Jerry Leiber's songs are part of the essence of American Music. Here are a few links to hear a small sampling of his songwriting:
The Robins, "Riot In Cell Block #9," click here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP8tBT_Tf3I