Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys)
Ahmet Ertegun Award
The songwriting duo wrote scores of early rock and roll classics.
Leiber and Stoller’s sixty-year partnership yielded such hits as “Stand By Me,” “Hound Dog,” “Yakety-Yak” and “Young Blood.” Practically every song they touch turned to gold.
Hall of Fame Essay
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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