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  • nice read on Leiber & Stoller

    (and if you have to ask who they are.....)

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 18KI39.DTL

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    Few people had better decades --54-64-- than L&S. They had a blast. I've seen Smokey Joe's on stage/ tape and read Always Magic in the Air, the story of the Brill Building.

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    • #3
      Re: nice read on Leiber & Stoller

      Originally posted by gh
      (and if you have to ask who they are.....)

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 18KI39.DTL
      I've stayed at the Crowne Plaza at Times Square for several New York meets through the years. The Brill Building is half a block north on Broadway, and I've never missed pointing it out to friends.

      Beautifully ornate gilded (perhaps brass) facade from the 1920s (earlier?).

      My mother worked there for several months in 1942 or '43, while my father was a 90-day wonder at Columbia Midshipman's school. She worked there as a secretary/receptionist and as a rehearsal and studio pianist for some of the big bands when they'd come through.

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      • #4
        The song "Hounddog" was originally sung by a woman named Ella Mae Thorton her stage name was "Big Mama" and it was written by them for her not Elvis.

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          I love my little town

          One of their first releases on Red Robin was Remember(walkin` in the sand) by a group of girls from Queens NY the Shangri-La`s. The boys from their school (Andrew Jackson) followed it up by running 7:35.6yds NHSR a year or so later.
          Tom Hyland:
          "squack and wineturtle get it"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dal4018
            The song "Hounddog" was originally sung by a woman named Ella Mae Thorton her stage name was "Big Mama" and it was written by them for her not Elvis.
            which is exactly what the story says:

            <<....They originally wrote "Hound Dog" for Big Mama Thornton, who made it one of the best-selling R&B records of 1953. It was Elvis Presley who introduced their work to the white world, and he got the words wrong anyway....>>

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gh
              Originally posted by dal4018
              The song "Hounddog" was originally sung by a woman named Ella Mae Thorton her stage name was "Big Mama" and it was written by them for her not Elvis.
              which is exactly what the story says:

              <<....They originally wrote "Hound Dog" for Big Mama Thornton, who made it one of the best-selling R&B records of 1953. It was Elvis Presley who introduced their work to the white world, and he got the words wrong anyway....>>
              Yes and unfortunately her name isn't mentioned only Elvis name is.

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              • #8
                huh?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by gh
                  huh?
                  What I was saying is from a historical point of view her name isn't mentioned.Elvis is given credit for making a hit of this song not her.

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                  • #10
                    Nonsense.

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                        Elvis is given credit for making a hit of this song not her.
                        She did it first but didn't make it a hit. It wasn't on play lists and was on a small label. 99% of the country had never heard it.

                        L&S only started making money on the rights after Elvis recorded it.

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                        • #13
                          "Elvis who?" - Mike Stoller

                          Excerpt from Elvis Presley.com.au: Interview With Mike Stoller - Legendary Songwriter - Elvis Articles by Ken Sharp

                          cman

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