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Mike Stoller

 
Date Of Birth:
March 13, 1933 (89)
Birth Place:
Belle Harbor, NY, USA
Bio:
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 & ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: March 13, 1933 (89)

Birth Place: Belle Harbor, NY, USA

Bio:
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 & ... (read complete bio)

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[Broadway, 2013]
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[Broadway, 1966]
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Mike Stoller, Corky Stoller, Producer Ron Dante Photo

Mike Stoller, Corky Stoller, Producer Ron Dante

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11/13/2018
Mike Stoller, Composer Al Kasha Photo

Mike Stoller, Composer Al Kasha

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11/13/2018
Alison Solomon, Mike Stoller, Joshua Bergasse and the cast of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Photo

Alison Solomon, Mike Stoller, Joshua Bergasse and the cast of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE

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07/23/2018
Mike Stoller and Joshua Bergasse Photo

Mike Stoller and Joshua Bergasse

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07/23/2018
Mike Stoller and the cast of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Photo

Mike Stoller and the cast of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE

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07/23/2018

 

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[Broadway, 2013]
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[Broadway, 1966]
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Mike Stoller Biography

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.

Mike Stoller Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Music
Mike Stoller, The People in the Picture

Mike Stoller News

Listen: Christine Ebersole's New Album AFTER THE BALL Out Now Photo Listen: Christine Ebersole's New Album AFTER THE BALL Out Now
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 30, 2022

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 N Photo Listen: Get an Exclusive First Listen to 'A Sleepin' Bee' From Christine Ebersole's New Album 'After The Ball'
by Stephi Wild - Sep 29, 2022

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 Photo The King Center Announces Two Additional Shows and BSO Single Tickets
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2022

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 Photo Christine Ebersole to Release New Album AFTER THE BALL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 7, 2022

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.

Sarah Bockel Will Lead Regional Premiere of BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical; Full  Photo Sarah Bockel Will Lead Regional Premiere of BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical; Full Cast Announced
by Stephi Wild - Aug 31, 2022

Ogunquit Playhouse has announced casting for the Regional Premiere of¬†Beautiful: The Carole King Musical¬†(September 15‚ÄďOctober 30, 2022).

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE is Now Playing at Ivoryton Playhouse Photo SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE is Now Playing at Ivoryton Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Jul 5, 2022

The music is hot and the jive is jumpin’ all summer long at the Ivoryton Playhouse! On June 30th, the doors will open to the glorious sounds of the 50s and 60s with SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE to be Presented at Ivoryton Playhouse Photo SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE to be Presented at Ivoryton Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 13, 2022

The music is hot and the jive is jumpin’ all summer long at the Ivoryton Playhouse! On June 30th, the doors will open to the glorious sounds of the 50s and 60s with SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.

VIDEO: First Look at SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at North Shore Music Theatre Photo VIDEO: First Look at SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at North Shore Music Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 9, 2022

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller is playing at North Shore Music Theatre through June 19, Tue - Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Sat and Sun at 2 pm. Get a first look at footage from the production!

Photos: First Look at SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at North Shore Music Theatre Photo Photos: First Look at SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at North Shore Music Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 8, 2022

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller is playing at North Shore Music Theatre through June 19.

Legendary Gordon Lightfoot Returns To Overture Center On Thursday, June 16 Photo Legendary Gordon Lightfoot Returns To Overture Center On Thursday, June 16
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 7, 2022

Canadian sing-songwriter and guitarist Gordon Lightfoot returns to Overture Center on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at 8 p.m. in Capitol Theater.

Mike Stoller Videos

VIDEO: First Look at SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at North Shore Music Theatre VideoVIDEO: First Look at SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at North Shore Music Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 9, 2022

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller is playing at North Shore Music Theatre through June 19, Tue - Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Sat and Sun at 2 pm. Get a first look at footage from the production!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At The Muny's SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At The Muny's SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by Alan Henry - Jul 27, 2021

BroadwayWorld has a first look at The Muny's production of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE! Get a first look at the cast in action.

Oldest Pro Songwriting Team in Pop Music History Releases 'Senior Song Book' VideoOldest Pro Songwriting Team in Pop Music History Releases 'Senior Song Book'
by Abigail Charpentier - Nov 14, 2019

From Elton John & Bernie Taupin and Carole King & Gerry Goffin to Burt Bacharach & Hal David and Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, popular music's greatest songwriting teams have produced music that spans the generations.

Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE's Alysha Umphress Toasts Some S'mo VideoBackstage Bite with Katie Lynch: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE's Alysha Umphress Toasts Some S'moresy Bars!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 18, 2018

In this episode, the soulful songstress herself, Alysha Umphress joins @KatieGLynch in the kitchen! Check out the recipe for Katie's S'moresy Joe's Cafe Bars below!

Video: Mike Stoller Chats About The Return Of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE VideoVideo: Mike Stoller Chats About The Return Of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 6, 2018

Over the course of a 61-year partnership, Jerry Leiber (d. 2011) and Mike Stoller created enduring classics in a variety of genres including rhythm & blues, pop, country, jazz, cabaret, and-perhaps most notably-rock & roll. Elvis Presley and the Coasters are only two of the many acts whose careers skyrocketed because of Leiber and Stoller's creative partnership.

VIDEO: Mike Stoller Appears at Opening Night of Ogunquit's Off-Broadway Bound SMOKEY  VideoVIDEO: Mike Stoller Appears at Opening Night of Ogunquit's Off-Broadway Bound SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by A.A. Cristi - May 24, 2018

Smokey Joe's Cafe is grooving across the stage, get a first look at the production below! The show is currently playing at The Ogunquit Playhouse (Bradford Kenney, Executive Artistic Director) through June 9 prior to the New York production. Performances at Stage 42 begin on Friday, July 6. Visit www.smokeyjoescafemusical.com for more information.

VIDEO: On This Day, March 2- SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Brings Leiber & Stoller to Broadway! VideoVIDEO: On This Day, March 2- SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Brings Leiber & Stoller to Broadway!
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 2, 2018

Smokey's Joe's Cafe celebrates the pop hits written by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller during the 1950s and 60s.

BWW TV: Sneak Peek at Rehearsals and Behind-the-Scenes of I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 11, 2016

Producer Corky Hale's I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU - The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin, features lyrics by Al Dubin, most music by Harry Warren, a book by Jerry Leichtling and Arlene Sarner, and musical direction by Gerald Sternbach.  The production is directed and choreographed by  Kay Cole.  BroadwayWorld TV's own LA on-air Host Michael Sterling was invited to take a sneak peek at rehearsals last week and interview some of the show's stars and creative team.  

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/2/16- SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by Stage Tube - Mar 2, 2016

Today in 1995, Smokey Joe's Cafe opened at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre) where it ran for 2036 performances. Smokey Joe's Cafe is a musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The Original Broadway cast recording, Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller won a Grammy award in 1996. In revue format with no unifying theme the 39 songs are presented by various members of the cast in various combinations, with no dialogue. There are novelty songs ('Charlie Brown'), romantic ballads ('Spanish Harlem') and infectious melodies ('There Goes My Baby').

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/2/15- SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by Stage Tube - Mar 2, 2015

Today in 1995, Smokey Joe's Cafe opened at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre) where it ran for 2036 performances. Smokey Joe's Cafe is a musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The Original Broadway cast recording, Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller won a Grammy award in 1996. In revue format with no unifying theme the 39 songs are presented by various members of the cast in various combinations, with no dialogue. There are novelty songs ('Charlie Brown'), romantic ballads ('Spanish Harlem') and infectious melodies ('There Goes My Baby').


Mike Stoller Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Mike Stoller written?
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).

What awards has Mike Stoller been nominated for?
Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for The People in the Picture .