In Memory 2011 Jerry Leiber

Jerry was born in 1933 in the U.S. And with his co writer Miller Stoller, had been responsible for some of the greatest records of all time. Some of his classics re-entered the charts in the 1970s after the death of Elvis. Some hits were REAL 1970s hits too.

Elvis died in 1977, and many of his singles hit the charts again, including this masterpiece written in 1952, but it was not until Elvis got hold of it in 1956, that it became a huge international hit.

"On July 2, 1956, Elvis went into RCA's NYC studios to record "Hound Dog." It was the first song on which the vocal talents of the Jordanaires were used. Take #31 was selected by RCA for release. "Hound Dog" had a 28-week stay on Billboard's Top 100 chart, peaking at #2 for three weeks. The Platters' "My Prayer" and then Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel" kept "Hound Dog" from the top spot. The song was number one for three weeks on the Country Juke Box chart and number one for one week on the rhythm & blues chart. Sales in 1956 alone exceeded six million copies."

They produced this next record for Stealers Wheel, but the song was written by Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan. The song was inspired by Gerry spending many nights getting drunk with comedian Billy Connelly.