Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Jerry Leiber: 1933-2011

Of and Stoller fame.
Songwriter, communist, first man to write hit singles about bummery, for Elvis!, Red Bird Records - Home of The Shangri-las, Is That All There Is?

"But when I kissed a cop down on 34th and Vine,
he broke my little bottle of Love Potion Number Nine."

"Number 47 said to number 3;
'You're the cutest jailbird I ever did see
I sure would be delighted with your company
Come on and do the Jailhouse Rock with me.'"

This is my favourite Leiber & Stoller song.
Like many of Jerry's songs it was probably written as a piss-take of love song clichés, but what the hey.

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