Mike Stoller

Birth Place: Belle Harbor, NY, USA

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Mike Stoller is one-half of the legendary songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller. Together with Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller has been writing songs for almost sixty years. Not content to be confined to one musical style, they have 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 and Stoller. To carry the analogy a step further, the court jesters of the Rock & Roll kingdom would have to be The Coasters. Leiber and 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 and Stoller's creative partnership. Mike and Jerry 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 and Stoller had seen their earliest songs recorded by such 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 and 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 and 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." During this same period, while Leiber and Stoller were producing The Clovers ("Love Potion # 9"), Jay and the Americans ("Only In America"), and Chuck Jackson ("I Keep Forgettin'"), other artists were having hits with Leiber and Stoller compositions. There was Wilbert Harrison with "Kansas City," The Drifters with "Ruby Baby" and "Fools Fall In Love," Peggy Lee with "I'm A Woman," and Edith Piaf with "L'Homme a la Moto." Elvis Presley recorded more than twenty songs written by Leiber and Stoller, including "Hound Dog," "Love Me," "Loving You," "Jailhouse Rock," "Treat Me Nice," "Don't," "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care," "Bossa Nova Baby," "Santa Claus Is Back In Town," and "Trouble." In 1969, the team produced the Peggy Lee recording of their composition "Is That All There Is?" According to music critic Robert Palmer, "Is That All There Is?" was the song that "...clearly pointed to the direction their new work would take." It was this change in the creative style of Leiber and Stoller that prompted Palmer to write "...the Golden Age of Rock & Roll had come to an end." Leiber and Stoller have been the recipients of many awards and honors, including the following: 1985 - Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame; 1987 - Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; 1994 - Their star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame & their handprints imbedded into the Hollywood Rockwalk; 1995 - Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album, Smokey Joe's Café; 2000 - Johnny Mercer Award (National Academy of Popular Music); 2000 - Ivor Novello International Songwriters Award; 2005 - World Soundtrack Award, Flanders International Film Festival. In March of 1995, Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller opened on Broadway at the Virginia Theatre. Comprised of forty songs by L&S, the show was nominated for seven Tony Awards. Smokey Joe's Cafe would remain at the Virginia Theatre for over five years, becoming the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. The show also played London's West End for two years, and has toured around the world. In 2009, Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography was published by Simon & Schuster. In 2010, Leiber and Stoller will celebrate their 60th anniversary as a songwriting team.

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Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Music

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Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announces 2024 Nominees For Induction

The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) announces the 2024 nominees for induction at its Induction & Awards Gala in New York City. Voting members have until December 27, 2023, to submit their ballots. Check out the complete list of nominees on songhall.org.

Banjoist/Vocalist Cynthia Sayer and her Joyride Band to Open The Glenridge Performing Arts Center Season

Discover the captivating sounds of multi-award winning banjoist/vocalist Cynthia Sayer and her Joyride Band as they take the stage at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center.

Jason Danieley, Tony Yazbeck & Julia Lester Join Lineup for Classic Stage Company's 2023 Gala

Get the latest updates on the Classic Stage Company's 2023 Gala, including the addition of Jason Danieley, Tony Yazbeck, and Julia Lester to the star-studded lineup. Reserve your tickets now for this exciting event honoring theatrical agent Sarah L. Douglas and John Weidman.

Whitney Bashor and Jessica Vosk to Lead BEACHES THE MUSICAL Industry Readings

Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) and Jessica Vosk (Wicked) will lead two private industry readings of the new musical BEACHES on October 13, 2023.    

Florida Studio Theatre Opens 2023-2024 Winter Cabaret Series with UP ON THE ROOF

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) kicks off its 2023-2024 Winter Cabaret Series with Up on the Roof, an energetic music revue celebrating the legendary songwriters who churned out hit after hit in Midtown Manhattan, creating what became known as the “Brill Sound.” Learn more about the upcoming performance and how to get tickets here!

Santino Fontana, Nathan Lane, Judy Kuhn & More to Join Classic Stage Company 2023 Gala

Sarah L. Douglas of SLD Associates and John Weidman (CSC’s I Can Get It For You Wholesale) will be honored at CSC’s 2023 Gala. See who is performing and learn how to purchase tickets!

Sparks & Shadows to Release 'Brendan McCreary Sings the Love Songs of Mike Stoller'

Recorded in Los Angeles at Tritone Recording, the album includes players Reggie Hamilton (bass), Peter Erskine (drums), James Harrah (acoustic, electric guitars), Dean Parks (pedal steel guitar), and Roni Eytan (harmonica), with Reade Pryor and Pete Griffin (drums and bass on “That Old Tune Called Romance”).

Florida Studio Theatre Reveals Lineup For 50th Anniversary Season

Florida Studio Theatre has announced the lineup for its 50th Anniversary Season, featuring a four-show Winter Mainstage Series and a three-show Winter Cabaret Series.  Learn more about the full lineup here!

Jessica Vosk, Kara Lindsay, & Elizabeth Teeter Lead Broadway-Aimed BEACHES Private Work Session

BroadwayWorld has learned that Jessica Vosk and Kara Lindsay led a private work session for the upcoming Beaches musical this week, ahead of a run at Theatre Calgary in Canada.

Theatre Calgary Announces BEACHES THE MUSICAL For 2023-24 Season

Theatre Calgary's Artistic Director Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Broadway; Carrie, Off-Broadway revival; Ragtime - West End premiere; Altar Boyz, Off-Broadway), along with Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso (Tony & Emmy Award winner: Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, Rock of Asges, Broadway), Douglas McJannet for Arden Entertainment & JAS Theatricals, and Alison Spiriti of Right Angle Entertainment have announced the international premiere of Beaches the Musical as the final show of Theatre Calgary's upcoming 2023-24 season.

BEACHES THE MUSICAL Will Make International Premiere at Theatre Calgary

The international premiere of Beaches the Musical as the final show of Theatre Calgary's upcoming 2023-24 season. Find out whats new about this newest version of the musical, which had previous runs in DC and Chicago.


What did our critic think of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Garden Theatre? Thanks to an amazing catalog of songs, a powerhouse cast and the tight orchestration, the musical, which closes July 30 , is one of the “can’t be missed” shows this summer.

VIDEO: First Look at the Return of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Ogunquit Playhouse

Get a first look at Ogunquit Playhouse's 5-week return engagement of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (May 11-June 10) as the bonus opening act for their 2023 season. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 1.

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Unveils New Exhibit THE POWER OF SONG

The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) has unveiled its expanded traveling exhibit 'The Power of Song: A Songwriters Hall of Fame Exhibit,' which will be on display at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles now through September 4, 2023.

What Are the Longest Running Musicals That Haven't Been Revived (Yet)?

This month, the reader question was: 'What are the longest running musicals that haven't been revived?'

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL to Return to Ogunquit Playhouse in May 2023

Ogunquit Playhouse has announced a 5-week return engagement of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (May 11–June 10) as the bonus opening act for their 2023 season. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 1.

Listen: Christine Ebersole's New Album AFTER THE BALL Out Now

After the Ball, a new album from two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole has been released in physical and digital formats! Listen to the album here! The recording finds Ebersole at the start of a brave new chapter, reflecting on life, love and family now that the last of her three adopted children has flown the nest. 

Listen: Get an Exclusive First Listen to 'A Sleepin' Bee' From Christine Ebersole's New Album 'After The Ball'

Christine Ebersole is releasing a special new album titled 'After The Ball' on Friday, September 30. BroadwayWorld has your exclusive first listen to the first track released from the album, 'A Sleepin' Bee'.

The King Center Announces Two Additional Shows and BSO Single Tickets

The King Center for the Performing Arts has announced two additional shows coming to the Space Coast!  Elko Concerts Presents, writing, singing, and performing artist, Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend in Concert on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 8 PM.

Christine Ebersole to Release New Album AFTER THE BALL

After the Ball, a new album from two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole, will be released in physical and digital formats on Friday, September 30.


Mike Stoller has written 6 shows including Dancin' (Lyricist), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Composer), All Shook Up (Composer), Million Dollar Quartet (Songwriter), The People in the Picture (Composer), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Composer).

Mike Stoller has been nominated for the Outstanding Music award at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on the Broadway show The People in the Picture.

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