by Linda Lombardi, Literary Manager
Earlier this week, audiences were treated to a behind the music discussion with legendary songwriter Mike Stoller and director Randy Johnson following the performance of Smokey Joe's Café.
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller began their songwriting partnership in 1950 upon discovering that they had the same passion for boogie woogie and the blues. If they had written no other song but 'Hound Dog,' the names of Leiber and Stoller would still have been indelibly written in the history of popular music. However, as Smokey Joe's Café makes abundantly clear, they didn't start or stop there.
Watch Mike Stoller tell the story of the origin of "Stand By Me."
VIDEO: Mike Stoller Stand by Me
Want more? Watch the full conversation (including a surprise visit from E. Faye Butler!):