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The Hit Songs of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller 1952-62
The Hit Songs of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller 1952-62

Various Artists
Styles: Pop, R&B, Rock 'n' roll
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3152
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were pivotal figures on the R&B scene of the early ‘50s and most especially during the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, as they developed and applied their talents as songwriters and producers to provide a string of hits for some of the most important artists of the time. So significant were they that their work became the subject of the hit revue “Smokey Joe’s Café”, which ran extensively on Broadway and in London’s West End during the 1990s. This great-value 58-track collection comprises hit versions of all of their songs which charted during the key first decade of their career, and includes recordings by Elvis Presley, The Drifters, The Coasters, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, The Robins, Ben E. King, Wilbert Harrison and many others. Elvis was perhaps the most renowned hit performer of their songs, scoring No. 1s with “Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock” and “Don’t”, although The Coasters were the most prolific hit-makers with their material. The anthology includes five US pop No. 1 s, nine US R&B No. 1s, and two UK No. 1s. Because of space limitations, not every hit version of each song is included - there were, for instance, four charted versions of “Kansas City”, but it is a thorough and highly entertaining slice of quality R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and pop that captures the zeitgeist of the era.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Hard Times Charles Brown
2 Hound Dog Willie Mae Big Mama Thornton
3 Riot In Cell Block No. 9 The Robins
4 (Bazoom) I Need Your Lovin The Cheers
5 Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin') The Charms
6 Black Denim Trousers The Cheers
7 Black Denim Trousers Vaughn Monroe
8 Smokey Joe's Cafe The Robins
9 I Want to Do More Ruth Brown
10 Ruby Baby The Drifters
11 The Chicken and the Hawk (Up, Up and Away) Joe Turner
12 Down in Mexico The Coasters
13 Hound Dog Elvis Presley
14 One Kiss Led to Another The Coasters
15 Love Me Elvis Presley
16 Lucky Lips Ruth Brown
17 Fools Fall In Love The Drifters
18 Lucky Lips Gale Storm
19 Searchin' The Coasters
20 Young Blood The Coasters
21 Loving You Elvis Presley
22 Dancin' Perry Como
23 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
24 Idol with the Golden Head The Coasters
25 Treat Me Nice Elvis Presley
26 (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care Elvis Presley
27 Don't Elvis Presley
28 Yakety Yak The Coasters
29 Drip Drop The Drifters
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 King Creole Elvis Presley
2 Charlie Brown The Coasters
3 Kansas City Wilbert Harrison
4 Kansas City Little Richard
5 Along Came Jones The Coasters
6 Poison Ivy The Coasters
7 I'm a Hog for You The Coasters
8 Love Potion #9 The Clovers
9 Dance with Me The Drifters
10 What About Us The Coasters
11 Run Red Run The Coasters
12 Lorelei Lonnie Donegan
13 Spanish Harlem Ben E. King
14 You're the Boss Jimmy Ricks & Lavern Baker
15 Saved Lavern Baker
16 Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) The Coasters
17 Stand By Me Ben E. King
18 I'll Be There Damita Jo
19 You're so Square (Baby I Don't Care) Buddy Holly
20 My Claire De Lune Steve Lawrence
21 Girls, Girls, Girls The Coasters
22 Drums Kenny Chandler
23 Searchin' Jack Eubanks
24 Spanish Harlem Santo & Johnny
25 The Lady Wants to Twist Steve Lawrence
26 She's Not You Elvis Presley
27 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello Elvis Presley
28 Spanish Harlem Jimmy Justice
29 I Keep Forgettin' Chuck Jackson
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