He was a tremendous songwriter and it’s hard to pick his best, but I know my favorite, which he wrote with Ben E. King. I played stand up bass and bass guitar for many years, and Stand by Me has a simple but fun baseline and great lyrics. It was used perfectly in the excellent film of the same name. It’s one of many, many Leiber songs that will be joyfully sung, played and danced to a century from now.
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