‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Stand By Me’ songwriter Jerry Leiber passes away aged 78

Songwriting partner Mike Stoller pays tribute to his co-writer of 61 years

Jerry Leiber, the songwriter who penned global hits for the likes of Elvis Presley and The Drifters, has passed away at the age of 78.

According to Yahoo News, Leiber passed away yesterday (August 22) as a result of heart failure in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Members of his family were by his side.

Leiber, along with songwriting partner Mike Stoller, wrote over 200 songs during his career, which were covered by the likes of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, BB King, the Drifters and Peggy Lee. Elvis alone recorded over 20 songs written by Leiber and Stoller during his career.

Among the tracks they composed were ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’, which were both made famous by Elvis. They also penned ‘Stand By Me’ with Ben E King, ‘Poison Ivy’, which was a hit for The Coasters and ‘Love Potion No.9’, which The Clovers covered to great success.

Mike Stoller paid tribute to his friend and writing partner in a statement. He said:

He was my friend, my buddy, my writing partner for 61 years. He had a way with words. There was nobody better. I’m going to miss him.