Thursday, June 03, 2010
Charlie Gillett - Leiber & Stoller
Continuing the celebration of the radio shows of much missed DJ Charlie Gillett this week's show comes from November 1982 I think and guests Jerry leiber and Mike Stoller who almost single-handedly wrote much of the rock 'n' roll hits of the 50's, including Charlie Brown, Hound Dog, Yakety Yak etc. They were over to see the opening of a musical based on their songs featuring Darts called Yakety Yak,
Charlie is in his element here with two of his heroes and its a lively show with plenty of banter and great songs they wrote or have chosen.
Wikipedia says -
"Their first successes were as the writers of such crossover hit songs as "Hound Dog" and "Kansas City." Later in the 1950s, particularly through their work with The Coasters, they created a string of ground-breaking hits that are some of the most entertaining in rock and roll, by using the humorous vernacular of the teenagers sung in a style that was openly theatrical rather than personal, songs that include "Young Blood," "Searchin'," and "Yakety Yak." They were the first to surround black music with elaborate production values, enhancing its emotional power with The Drifters in "There Goes My Baby" and influencing Phil Spector who worked with them on recordings of The Drifters and Ben E. King. Leiber and Stoller went into the record business and, focusing on the "girl group" sound, released some of the greatest classics of the Brill Building period.
They wrote hits including "Love Me," "Loving You," "Don't," and "Jailhouse Rock," among others for Elvis Presley. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987."
Charlie Gillett - Leiber & Stoller Pt.1
Charlie Gillett - Leiber & Stoller Pt.2