News Item

Elvis Week Guest and Songwriter Mike Stoller Featured in Wall Street Journal

June 21, 2012

Elvis Week special guest and legendary song-writer Mike Stoller was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his lengthy career of producing chart topping hits.

Stoller, along with his business partner, Jerry Leiber, were the men behind Elvis' hits "Hound Dog," “Loving You" and "Jailhouse Rock."  The duo produced several more of Elvis' songs and continued their career with an expanding list of solo artists and groups.

"Leiber and Stoller's songs were more than just jukebox vinyl. In the '50s, their records helped transform R & B from segregated dance music to mainstream rock 'n' roll," says Wall Street Journal writer Marc Myers.

Stoller and Lieber's first smash-hit was "Hound Dog" performed by Elvis. Their music and lyrics opened the doors for his southern-blues sound and gave rock artists a new outlet to perform their non-conventional music.

"At age 79, Mr. Stoller is among this country's most successful living blues composers—and one of rock's original architects. Since he began collaborating with Leiber in 1950, Mr. Stoller has written dozens of highly influential blues and pop-rock melodies." Jerry Leiber passed away in August 2011.

On June 14, 2012, Stoller and Leiber received the "Songwriters Hall of Fame's Annual Towering Song Award" for the Ben King hit "Stand By Me." Other hits include: "Kansas City," "Love Potion #9," "Poison Ivy," "Smokey Joe's Café," "Yakety Yak," "On Broadway," "Fools Fall in Love," "There Goes My Baby," "I'm a Woman" and "Is That All There Is?"  

Read the Wall Street Journal's complete article about Mike Stoller at Stoller is also a featured guest at the Elvis Week Songwriter's Showcase on August 11, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, call Graceland Reservations at 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322, or click here to purchase online. Also, learn more about other scheduled events during Elvis Week 2012 and check out our guest list for the 35th anniversary celebration!