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1987 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

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  • Year:
    1987
  • Inducted by:
    Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys)
  • Category:
    Ahmet Ertegun Award

Hall of Fame Essay

1987

Michael Hill

When rock and roll itself was still a baby, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were among its youthful prodigies. Beginning with their 1952 breakthrough, a catchy blues romp called ‘‘K. C. Loving,’’ Leiber and Stoller rapidly grew into one of the most prolific and creative teams in the I music’s history. 

Had they done nothing more than turn out a stream of songs for Elvis Presley - “Love Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Treat Me Nice,’’ “You're So Square (Baby 1 Don’t Care)” — Leiber and Stoller would rank among the most renowned composers of the rock and roll era. 

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