A 60 year writing partnership that started in the L.A. music scene.

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met in Los Angeles in 1950. Stoller was taking piano gig after gig in L.A. as a teenager and Leiber was working at Norty's Record store.

While there, Lester Sill, National Sales Manager for Modern Records, told Jerry after hearing his song lyrics, "You gotta write out a lead sheet for me! Or, find someone who does."

So, in the middle of the Los Angeles music scene at the age of 17 in the year 1950,

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Leiber had an "uncontrollable compulsion" to find a writing partner. He was given the number of a pianist, a bebopper and a hipster  named, Mike Stoller.

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From the beginning their energies were very different.  Stoller was cool and cautious and Leiber had the reckless drive to convince Stoller that now was the time to get started on their musical careers as writing partners. The common thread that lead to their decision to start a 60 year partnership was, Blues. "Blues was the bottom line. The blues was our bond-from that day forward. The blues became the basis of a lifetime of work."

 

Lear more:

Leiber, J., Ritz, D. & Stoller, M. (2009) Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography. Simon & Schuster.

http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Hound-Dog/Jerry-Leiber/9781416559399

Hipsters

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/12/06/249275784/dont-you-dare-call-me-a-hipster-i-sir-am-a-hep-cat

Bebop

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bebop

Blog

https://strathdee.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/leiber-and-stoller/