"Jailhouse Rock" Lyricist Jerry Leiber of Leiber and Stoller Songwriting Team Dies at 78
Jerry Leiber, one half of the songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 78.
Leiber, whose music with partner Mike Stoller was used as one of the themes on American Idol this past season, died Monday from cardiopulmonary failure in Los Angeles.
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Among Leiber's many accomplishments: Being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some of their most definitive songs include Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" and "Hound Dog," The Clovers' "Love Potion No. 9," and "Kansas City," which went on to become the official song for Kansas City, Missouri.
The Grammy winner's music was adapted into a Broadway musical revue, Smokey Joe's Café, which was nominated for seven Tonys in 1995.