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Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography Hardcover – 9 Jun 2009

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  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (9 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416559388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416559382
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 970,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I Knew all about Leiber and Stoller... I loved what they did. --Ray Charles

They showed me what musical creativity is all about. --Smokey Robinson --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jerry Leiber was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 25, 1933, and Mike Stoller was born in Queens, New York, on March 13, 1933. They first met in Los Angeles in 1950, moved to New York in 1957 and returned to L.A. in 1989, where they both still reside. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geffers on 12 Mar. 2013
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Of all the Jewish songwriters that inhabited New York's Brill Building just off Times Square in the 50-60s Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are probably the most well known. In this book in collaboration with David Ritz each tells their story a couple of alternate pages at a time .How they met ,fortuitous meetings with Lester Sill ,The Bihari Brothers etc and about their song Hound Dog which had been originally recorded by, Big Mama Thornton and almost forgotten about till Elvis hit the charts with it.
.The stories come cascading out ,how they were warned off from getting too close to Presley ,their runaway success with a slew of hits with R&B group The Coasters ,their involvement with other music big guns of the time such as Phil Spector ,Don Robey ,Hi Weiss Shadow Morton,Jerry Wexler to name a few.
.They had to tread lightly when dealing with complications with the Mob also lightly in another manner in their handling of the tantrums of singer Peggy Lee.
.Naturally they give a good few pages over to the formation and running of the Red Bird label which they owned along with George Goldner ,,heavily involved was producer Shadow Morton and fellow Brill,writers Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. Of interest to the reader will be a proposed but failed merger with Ahmet Ertegun's Atlantic records and then the demise of Red Bird with the duo virtually handing ownership to Goldner on a plate only for him to let it then slide ,ending up with him then selling all the master recordings to Nashville's Shelby Singleton.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amartin365@netscapeonline.co.uk on 28 Sept. 2011
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The two great names of 50 & 60s American songwriters, the late Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, tell their story. But this isn't a dry autobiography; it's a conversation with the two composers taking it in turns to recount anecdotes from significant points in their story. If you're into this type of music, you'll love it.
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Wonderful! A primary source for future music historians. Parallel answers to the same questions. The answers do have different emphases. The reader can make up his/her mind.
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For readers who lived through the 50's and 60's, this is a fascinating read for those with an interest in the history of popular music of all types.
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it is not for the light hearted.
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