Mike Stoller to Appear at 35th Anniversary Tribute to Elvis Presley at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre, 8/19
Mike Stoller, of the legendary Grammy Award-winning songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller, will appear for a book signing of "Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography" at 1:00 p.m., followed by a Question and Answer Session and screening of the 1957 Warner Bros. classic film (originally made by MGM), "Jailhouse Rock" starring Elvis Presley at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Calif. The screening will celebrate the life of The King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley, while simultaneously commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the late singer's passing.
This One Day Only Screening of the 96-minute film is an official Los Angeles 35th Anniversary celebration of the late Elvis Presley's third film, "Jailhouse Rock" directed by Richard Thorpe featuring slambang Leiber & Stoller songs like the jaw-dropping title song and production number, "Jailhouse Rock," along with "Baby, I Don't Care" and more! Elvis Presley, who plays the role Vince Everett in the film, is in the pen for manslaughter. His cellmate, Hunk Houghton, played by Mickey Shaughnessy, is a former country star who introduces him to the record business. On release from prison, the King quickly rises to the top as a Rock & Roll singer. But will he remember the folks who got him there? Also starring Judy Tyler (as Peggy Van Alden), Vaughn Taylor (as Mr. Shores), Jennifer Holden (as Sherry Wilson), Dean Jones (as Teddy Talbot) and Anne Neyland (as Laury Jackson). Composer Mike Stoller makes a cameo appearance in the film playing the piano for Elvis Presley. The film will be screened in a 35 mm format.
Tickets are $11 each for General Admission; $9 for Seniors (65 and over) and Students with current I.D. and $7 for American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Members. The Box Office opens one and half hour before the first program of the day/evening and closes 30 minutes after the last film of the evening begins. Tickets can be purchased by calling Fandango at 1-800-FANDANGO (1-800-326-3264), and then entering the express code for the Egyptian Theatre which is 2206#. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.fandango.com/egyptiantheatre_aaofx/theaterpage. For further information, call the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre's 24-hour information line at 323-466-3456 (for August 19th) or visit online at http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/jailhouse-rock-0.
Mike Stoller is one-half of the legendary songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller. Over the course of a 61 year partnership, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller created enduring classics in a variety of genres including Rhythm & Blues, Pop, Country, Jazz, Cabaret, and-perhaps most notably-Rock & Roll.
If Elvis Presley was the king of Rock & Roll, then Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were certainly two of the most important powers behind that throne. It's impossible to think of Elvis without thinking of "Hound Dog," "Loving You," or "Jailhouse Rock"- all creations from the pen and piano of Leiber & Stoller.
To carry the analogy a step further, the court jesters of the Rock & Roll kingdom would have to be The Coasters. Leiber & Stoller wrote and produced all of The Coasters' hits, including "Searchin'," "Young Blood," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Along Came Jones," "Poison Ivy" and "Little Egypt."
But Elvis and The Coasters are only two of the acts whose careers skyrocketed because of Leiber & Stoller's creative partnership.
Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber began their partnership in 1950 at the age of 17 when they discovered that they had a mutual passion for Boogie Woogie and the Blues. By the time they were 20, Leiber & Stoller had seen their earliest songs recorded by such important blues artists as Jimmy Witherspoon, Little Esther, Amos Milburn, CharLes Brown, Little Willie Littlefield, Bull Moose Jackson, Linda Hopkins, Ray Charles, and Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton.
Leiber & Stoller's series of hits as both songwriters and record producers began with Big Mama Thornton's recording of "Hound Dog" in 1953. This record and others produced by them caught the attention of executives from Atlantic Records.
In 1955, Atlantic signed Leiber & Stoller to the first independent production deal, forever changing the course of the record industry. Leiber and Stoller's songs and productions were constantly on the charts during the next decade. Aside from The Coasters' many hits, there were Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," and "I (Who Have Nothing);" The Drifters' "There Goes My Baby," "Dance With Me" and "On Broadway;" as well as La Vern Baker's recording of "Saved" and Ruth Brown's "Lucky Lips."