John Lennon “Stand By Me” from Lennon (CAPITOL 1990) —We're paying tribute to the late great Jerry Lieber today, with a whole show of songs he co-wrote. This is one of my all-time fave John Lennon vocals.Buy it!
The Band “Young Blood” from High On the Hog (Pyramid Media 2006) —The final album to be released by a group called the Band (even though by this time there were only 3 left) is redeemed by this terrific Levon Helm vocal of the Coasters classic.Buy it!
The Coasters “That Is Rock and Roll” from The Ultimate Coasters (Warner 1986) —Jerry Lieber explains the joys of rock'n'roll, sung through the voices of his greatest interpreters.Buy it!
Delbert McClinton “One Kiss Led to Another” from Let The Good Times Roll (Universal Special Products 1995) —I love the line "So I brought some soda pop and sandwich meat."Buy it!
Etta James “Tears of Joy” from R&B Dynamite (Flair 1987) —A very early number for both Lieber & Stoller and Etta herself. It's a beautiful and sweet little number.Buy it!
Joe Turner “The Chicken and the Hawk” from Joe Turner / Rockin the Blues (Collectables 2000) —They perfectly hit the style of this master!Buy it!
Esther Phillips “Some Cats Know” from Set Me Free (collectibles 2001) —I don't know what Jerry was thinking when he wrote this, but Esther certainly understands how to make it even steamier. Holy cow!Buy it!
Big Mama Thornton “Hound Dog” from Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings (MCA 1992) —The song that turned them from moderately successful r'n'b writers to pop superstars - in the better original version, of course.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Girls! Girls! Girls!” (RCA 1962) —"I never ever get to finish my lunch because there's always a bunch of girls." Lieber had this thing about food and sex, huh?Buy it!
Buddy Holly “(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care” from Memorial Collection (Geffen 2009) —This song is just pitch perfect - and Buddy totally owns it.Buy it!
Jeff Beck Group “Jailhouse Rock” from Beck-Ola (Sundazed Records 1969) —You just know Rod Stewart was thrilled to be aping the king while Beck heavied everything up.Buy it!
The Shangri-La's “Past Present and Future” from 20th Century Masters - the Millenium Collection (MCA 2002) —One of the strangest records ever to hit the AM radio - Lieber co-wrote with Shadow Morton and Artie Butler. "Don't try to touch me because that will never happen again."Buy it!
Bette Midler “Is That All There Is?” from Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook (Columbia 2005) —I couldn't find the Peggy Lee original, but this is a great version - inspired by Thomas Mann, I learned yesterday.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “The Reverend Mr. Black” from The Baron (Columbia 1981) —One of a handful of songs Lieber and Stoller co-wrote with Billie Edd Wheeler.Buy it!
The Robins “Riot In Cell Block No. 9” from There's a Riot Goin' On (Rhino 1991) —The other great jailhouse rockin' song.Buy it!
The Searchers “Love Potion no. 9” from Greatest Hits (Rhino 1985) —I've always suspected Lieber's two No. 9 songs influenced the Beatles for Revolution No. 9.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Smokey Joe's Cafe” from Album III (Columbia 1972) —Because of the restrictions on us from playing too many songs by any given artist in a 3 hour period, I had to get creative, and I had forgotten this amazing interpretation. So, yeah, the restrictions have their uses today.Buy it!
Brian Setzer Orchestra “Nosey Joe” from The Dirty Boogie (Interscope Records 1998) —He's ready to stick . . . . His big nose in their business.Buy it!
The Blasters “One Bad Stud” from Live: Going Home (Evangeline 2004) —A killer live rendition of this early Lieber/Stoller blues.Buy it!
Chuck Jackson “I Keep Forgetting (Every Time You're Near)” from Very Best of Chuck Jackson 1961-1967 (Varese 1997) —Bet you thought Michael McDonald wrote this one, didn't you?Buy it!
Jimmy Witherspoon “Fast Women, Slow Gin” from Very Best of Jimmy Witherspoon: Miss Miss Mistreater (Collectables 2004) —I love the early blues numbers Lieber and Stoller came up with - that's a potent combination in the title.Buy it!
Ray Charles “The Snow Is Falling” from Late in the Evening (Synergy 2005) —A not so cheery winter's tale from early in the careers of Ray Charles and Lieber and Stoller.Buy it!
Wilbert Harrison “Kansas City” from An Introduction To Wilbert Harrison (fuel 2006) —The definitive tribute to our sister city across the state.Buy it!
Johnny Cash & June Carter “Jackson” from Man in Black: His Greatest Hits (Columbia 1999) —Yeah, I didn't realize Lieber was co-credited on this one with Billie Edd Wheeler until yesterday. Lieber used a pseudonym, & was primarily an editor, but he had the great idea to open the song with two of the best lines ever.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Spanish Harlem” from Queen Of Soul (Atlantic 1994) —No disrespect to Ben E. King's version, but this is the Spanish Harlem I love the most.Buy it!
The Drifters “Fools Fall In Love” from Let the Boogie-Woogie Roll: Greatest Hits 1953-1958 (Atlantic 1988) —Oh, Clyde McPhatter makes me swoon!Buy it!
Dion “Drip Drop” from The Essential Dion (Sony 2005) —Dion was the best Drifters interpreter ever!Buy it!
The Drifters “On Broadway” from Definitive Soul Collection (Rhino 2006) —Growing up, I always assumed this song had something to do with fighting communism, as I only ever heard the snippet of it on that Radio Free Europe commercial. In actuality, it's one of the all-time pop music masterpieces.Buy it!
The Isley Brothers “You'll Never Leave Him” from The Isley Brothers Story Vol. 1: Rockin' Soul (1959-1968) (Rhino 1991) —From the years when Latin music influenced so much American pop. And a beautiful vocal by Ronnie Isley.Buy it!
Petula Clark “I (Who Have Nothig)” from Poison Ivy: the Songs of Lieber and Stoller (Castle Music 2003) —A very nice version of a song that can get a little histrionic.Buy it!
The Shangri-La's “Bull Dog” from Myrmidons of Melodrama (RPM 1995) —Gosh, I love these Shangri-La's records.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Dirty, Dirty Feeling” from Elvis Is Back (RCA 1960) —This one sounds to me like it could have been a Coasters track.Buy it!
Jerry Butler “Where's the Girl” from The Ice Man (Vee Jay 1993) —Oh, that nylon stocking!Buy it!
Edith Piaf “L'homme A La Moto” from 30e Anniversaire (EMI 1994) —Well, dangit, I can't remember the English version of this, but Piaf has a blast!Buy it!
The Coasters “Along Came Jones” from 50 Coastin' Classics: Anthology (Rhino 1992) —You gotta love this homage to cheap movie serials.Buy it!
LaVern Baker “Saved” (Rhino 1960) —Lieber and Stoller rarely showed much interest in Gospel music, but they nailed it here.Buy it!
Big Mama Thornton “I Smell a Rat” from Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings (MCA 1992) —"You won't tell me where you been / Whiskey running down your chin."Buy it!
Dr. Feelgood “I'm a Hog For You Baby” from Down By the Jetty (EMI 1975) —Sometimes, all Lieber needed was the name of an animal, and he was off and running.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Hot Dog” from The Complete 50s Masters (RCA 1999) —Elvis only needed a little more than a minute to deliver this breathless excitement.Buy it!
The Coasters “Three Cool Cats” from The Ultimate Coasters (Warner 1986) —"Splittin' up a bag of potato chips" and then they see the women. Again, food, then sex.Buy it!
The Robins “The Hatchet Man” from Smokey Joe's Cafe (Collectables 2006) —I've been swingin' so long they call me the hatchet man! What a line.Buy it!
Little Esther & The Robins “Mainliner” from Night Train Vol. 3: Classic Railroad Songs (Rounder 1998) —You've got a real fine station, there's lots of trains in sight, but I want to be your midnight special tonight. Lieber could write the blues.Buy it!
Peggy Lee “I'm a Woman” from The Best of Miss Peggy Lee (CAPITOL 1998) —I assume Betty Friedan kept this playing whenever she ran out of ideas for "The Feminine Mystique."Buy it!
Carmen McRae “Flying” from For Once In My Life (Atlantic 1967) —They didn't rule the pop charts in the 60s, but Lieber and Stoller still adapted well to the needs of certain singers.Buy it!
The Exciters “Get Him” from Tell Him - the Best of (EMI 1991) —I assume this was a follow-up to "Tell Him."Buy it!
Pete Anderson “She's Not You” from Sentimental (CD BABY 2008) —Well, there have been multiple songs about not finding the woman who can replace the one who's gone, but this is as good as any.Buy it!
Mickey Gilley “Little Egypt” from Rockin' Rollin' Piano (MINOR MUSIC 1987) —Great version from Jerry Lee Lewis' cousin.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “You Cant' Love 'Em All” from Rock 'n' Soul (Rhino 1964) —I just bet Solomon Burke wanted to try, though.Buy it!
The Robins “Framed” from Smokey Joe's Cafe (Collectables 2006) —I assume this was how he got in jail to have that riot.Buy it!
The Coasters “Charlie Brown” from 50 Coastin' Classics: Anthology (Rhino 1992) —Why is everybody always pickin' on me?Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “Yackety Yak” from The Ultimate Collection (EMI 2007) —Along with "Summertime Blues," the most accurate representation I know of what it feels like to be a teen.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Treat Me Nice” from Elvis' Golden Records (RCA 1956) —Elvis didn't always get the very best Lieber & Stoller songs, but they sure were amiable ones.Buy it!
The Drifters “Ruby Baby” from Let the Boogie-Woogie Roll: Greatest Hits 1953-1958 (Atlantic 1988) —A song I can remember loving for close to 50 years (or whenever my conscious memories were formed).Buy it!
Charles Brown “Hard Times” from Complete Alladin Recordings (Mosaic 1994) —Lieber & Stoller not only wrote some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century, they got them performed by some of the greatest singers, too.Buy it!
Alvin Robinson “Down Home Girl” from More New Orleans Party Classics (Rhino 1999) —Even New Orleans knew the fun of a Lieber lyric.Buy it!
Duane Eddy “The Climb” from Dance With the Guitar Man (RCA 2001) —A dance that sounds like fun to me.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “There Goes My Baby” from Motown Legends: Mercy Mercy Me (Motown 1993) —You always have regrets, and I can't believe I didn't actually bring the original of this one. Not that this is a bad version, but it would have been cool to here Ben E. King at the end.Buy it!
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