Sad to report that Ocean Front Walk resident Jerry Leiber died today of cardio-pulmonary failure. Leiber was 78.
Songwriter Leiber was best known for his work with Mike Stoller, which included such hits as Hound Dog (Elvis Presley), Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley), Stand By Me (Ben E. King), Young Blood (The Coasters), Love Potion #9 (The Clovers), Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison), On Broadway (The Drifters) and Spanish Harlem (Ben E. King).
Mr. Leiber’s last book signing in Venice Beach was at Equator Books in August of 2009, but he was often seen walking on Ocean Front Walk chatting with neighbors. Mr. Leiber is survived by three sons, Jed, Oliver and Jake, and two grandchildren.