Two of the truly distinctive, defining creators in mid-century pop music culture, without question, are Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, a pair of close friends.
Leiber and Stoller dawned on the music scene at a time of stylistic rumblings and movement into new territory of popular music, a time when the authentic American rhythm and blues of the black world was beginning to be embraced by the general music-buying public, a time when the phenomenon of crossover became apparent with the daily programming assistance of legendary disc jockeys like Alan Freed, a Cleveland on-air personality who is said to have coined the phrase, rock and roll.
As one commentator has said, Leiber and Stoller, during their earliest days, came to be factors in many popular music genres, "creating enduring classics in rhythm and blues, jazz and cabaret in addition to basic rock and roll." Another writer has suggested that, "If Elvis Presley was the king of rock and roll, then Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were certainly two of the most important powers behind the throne." The pair wrote the incredibly successful and indelible Presley hits. "Hound Dog," "Love Me," "Loving You," "Don't," and "Jailhouse Rock," among others for the King.
Carrying the analogy a step further, the court jesters of rock and roll kingdom would most certainly have been The Coasters, all of whose immediately familiar hit songs as "Searchin," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Young Blood," "Along Came Jones," "Little Egypt" and "Poison Ivy," were penned and produced by Leiber and Stoller, as well as such hit tunes as "Down In Mexico," 'That Is Rock and Roll," "Shoppin' For Clothes," "…