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Fascinatin' Rhythm: Other Songs by Lieber and Stoller, 05/23/20

May 17, 2020

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Episode #2021

5/23       Other Songs by Lieber and Stoller  If I usually play songs from the Great American Songbook, then what am I doing playing songs by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, the two Jewish kids who helped to invent rock and roll? A few years after such songs as "Hound Dog," they began to write a different kind of song--more introspective, more unsettling, more ambiguous. Songs that offered no easy adolescent excitement, that evoked a darker setting, a dimly-lit cabaret rather than a dance hall.