Pop Chronicles Interviews #69 - Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

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  1. How they got together, how they got interested in rhythm and blues when they did; whether it was unusual for white artists to be writing blues; musical training; first record they did together; first commercial success 5:04
  2. "Hound Dog" (Big Mama Thornton); time frame between "Hound Dog" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe"; "K.C. Loving"; "Hound Dog" (Elvis) and backlash; whether lyrics or music happen first; how they work together; did they know Elvis was going to do "Hound Dog"; their favorite songwriters; contrast with songwriting and form at the time (1968) 8:52
  3. Beatles; Lennon and McCartney's songwriting; reception from critics; other songwriters they liked; question of inspiration from other artists 6:06
  4. Affiliation with Atlantic; Spark Records; "Smokey Joe's Cafe"; The Coasters; storytelling songs; "Idol with the Golden Head" 8:07
  5. Role with Coasters, other artists at Atlantic; use of strings; The Drifters; Elvis Presley movies; Elvis' music and impact 5:53
  6. Elvis continued; question of whether there would have been a rock revolution without Elvis; what people are doing differently now (1968) as opposed to in 1957; Tommy Dowd; other reminiscences about Atlantic; time spent in studio then versus now; A&R men 7:51
  7. Philosophy about producing and writing combined; why they became producers; importance of producers over time; rising importance of technicians; managers as producers; questions about "most aesthetically pleasing" examples of their own works; why R&B caught on in mid-50s with white kids; decisions on "raunchy" content 9:25
  8. White teen audience and lessening of raunchy content; overall quality of "sexy" songs; role of radio in conscientiousness about content; favorites of their own songs; "Spanish Harlem" 4:56

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Recording of John Gilliland interviewing Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in Beverly Hills, California for the Pop Chronicles radio program series. This recording includes the use of a racial slur by Gilliland.

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Gilliland, John August 15, 1968.

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Recording of John Gilliland interviewing Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in Beverly Hills, California for the Pop Chronicles radio program series. This recording includes the use of a racial slur by Gilliland.

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1 recording (56 min., 15 sec.)

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  • Accession or Local Control No: John_Gilliland_Collection_69_-_Jerry_Lieber_and_Mike_Stoller
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John Gilliland's Pop Chronicles

Conceptualized in 1967 after attending the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, John Gilliland's "The Pop Chronicles" traces the history of popular music from the 1950's through the 1960's. Mr. Gilliland wrote, narrated and produced these 55 hours of broadcasting first airing at KRLA Pasadena, California. in February 1969. The pop music history is told by an interleaving of Mr. Gilliland's narration, music, and comments from the interviews of the people directly involved in the music scene of the day.

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  • August 15, 1968

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  • June 24, 2020, 12:50 p.m.

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  • June 25, 2020, 2:46 p.m.

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Gilliland, John. Pop Chronicles Interviews #69 - Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, audio recording, August 15, 1968; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1703855/: accessed July 11, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.