Sony nabs Leiber-Stoller catalog

Duo had more than 40 Top 40 hits

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has purchased the catalog of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the first significant acquisition for the company since Martin Bandier took over the publisher earlier this month.

Leiber and Stoller, who owned the publishing rights, composed more than 40 Top-40 hits, including several R&B standards (“Stand by Me,” “Poison Ivy”) and some of Elvis Presley’s best-known tunes, among them “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Their songs were collected for the Broadway revue “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” which continues to travel the country.

“These songs can only be described as gems that help define American music,” said Bandier, chairman and CEO, Sony/ATV. “I am looking forward to exploring ways to introduce them to a whole new generation.”

Leiber and Stoller have worked together for more than 50 years and have been inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, the Record Producers’ Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Catalog also includes “Kansas City,” “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “You’re the Boss” and “Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots.”

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