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Rock songwriting legends Lieber and Ashford pass away on same day

Two halves of two famous rock songwriting teamsLieber & Stoller and Ashford & Simpson — passed away late Monday. Jerry Lieber (top), who along with partner Mike Stoller defined rock songwriting in the 50s and 60s, died of natural causes at the age of 78 at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The Lieber/Stoller team brought the Coasters into pop with “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” penned many of Elvis’ biggest hits, such as “Hound Dog” and “‘Jailhouse Rock,” and helped develop “Uptown Soul” by writing and producing the Drifters’ “There Goes My Baby” and “Under The Boardwalk” (as well as former lead Drifter Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”). Their last hit was 1969’s Peggy Lee standard “Is That All There Is?”



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09/16/2011 4:18AM
Rock songwriting legends Lieber and Ashford pass away on same day
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