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. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Certainly a quite 'old', challenging and for some quite difficult songbook, and if that's not enough to keep the TOP 4 on their toes, how about this weeks mentor, LADY GAGA!? YIKES! This should be a VERY interesting show to say the least!
Going into tonight's TOP 4 Performances Show on Idol, here's my updated TOP 4 rankings:
- JAMES DURBIN- It's his to lose at this point, but... if has another mediocre week like he did last week, he surely will slip a notch
- SCOTTY McCREERY- Definitely a week with a songbook that he should do quite well with
- HALEY REINHART- The MOST improved contestant over the last 4-5 weeks, and one slip up by either guy, and she's in the FINALS! I expect her to do well......and hoping she sings "On Broadway", it would fit her well.
- LAUREN ALAINA- Losing momentum and support, and if she has another 'poor' week like last week, she's going home!