Lieber & Stoller Sign Copies of Their Autobiography at Book Soup: Five Essential Songs

Tonight at Book Soup legendary LA born songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller will sign copies of their new book, Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography. In this week's print edition, writer David Cotner runs down the deal:

Responsible for some of the truly great pop songs of the 20th century -- "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," "On Broadway," "Is That All There Is?" and the majority of the Coasters' back catalog -- here they describe their careers, including how they met Edith Piaf and Elvis, and how Phil Spector was pretty handy with a guitar, too.

Living legends (and longtime L.A. natives), their grasp of what it takes to write a colossal hit is unparalleled. They also come off as incredibly nice guys. Their songs are like sex: two-and-a-half-minutes of ecstasy followed by the unavoidable hunger for more.

Here are a few of their classic songs:

"Is That All There Is?" performed by Peggy Lee

"Hound Dog," as performed by Big Mama Thornton and Buddy Guy

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"Charlie Brown," as performed by the Coasters

"Along Came Jones," also performed by the Coasters

The Searchers, "Love Potion No. 9"


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