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23.08.2011.

Jerry Leiber R.I.P.

Preminuo Jerry Leiber, autor "Jailhouse Rocka" i "Hound Doga"

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Jerome "Jerry" Leiber (April 25, 1933 – August 22, 2011) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) were American songwriting and record producing partners. Stoller was the composer of the duo and Leiber the lyricist. Their most famous songs include "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Kansas City", "Stand By Me" (with Ben E. King), and "On Broadway (with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil).

Their first successes were as the writers of such crossover hit songs as "Hound Dog" and "Kansas City." Later in the 1950s, particularly through their work with The Coasters, they created a string of ground-breaking hits that are some of the most entertaining in rock and roll, by using the humorous vernacular of the teenagers sung in a style that was openly theatrical rather than personal, songs that include "Young Blood", "Searchin'", and "Yakety Yak."They were the first to surround black music with elaborate production values, enhancing its emotional power with The Drifters in "There Goes My Baby" and influencing Phil Spector who worked with them on recordings of The Drifters and Ben E. King. Leiber and Stoller went into the record business and, focusing on the "girl group" sound, released some of the greatest classics of the Brill Building period.

They wrote hits including "Love Me", "Loving You", "Don't", "Jailhouse Rock" and "King Creole", among others, for Elvis Presley.

The pair was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

23.08.2011.

Visiting the Rockabilly Gangs of Tokyo's Yoyogi Park

 by JetSetCD 

Harajuku. What does that word conjure up in your mind? Chances are it's Gwen Stefani, or girls dressed as Gothic Lolitas, but the correct answer is an area of Tokyo, in which cosplay is smiled upon and the Rockabillies rule the roost.

Make sure your trip to Tokyo includes a wide-open Sunday, and pray the weather is nice. Walk towards the entrance to Tokyo's famous Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Jingu shrine near Harajuku Station, and you'll encounter a plaza dominated by three distinct gangs, each dressed as if they just stepped out of the film Grease. They have 1950s poodle skirt and greaser Americana nailed down to the last detail, from the brands of handkerchief they stick in their Levi's pockets to the way they comb back their hair. It's all so cool.

The Rockabilly gangs don't just stand around and hang out, either. They each have their own stereos and CDs mixed with vintage tunes for dancing—some of it choreographed and much of it polished from countless hours of studying old American films. All in all, this is a scene that goes on for hours (we stayed for nearly three, taking 100s of photos) and which you won't find anywhere else in the world.

They're here every Sunday afternoon, barring bad weather or other issues, and they're not doing it for cash tips. This is simply how they choose to spend their free time, much as others enjoy a weekend evening playing video games or BBQing in a backyard.

What's more is that the gangs welcome onlookers and photographs; it's not rare to see other locals out here practicing their photography skills, tripods and all, while the steady flow of western tourists heading to Meiji Jingu only briefly give the gangs a glance.

What they really deserve is a documentary.

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