(NEW YORK) -- He's considered one of the most important songwriters in the history of rock and roll. Jerry Leiber, who collaborated with Mike Stoller on such classics as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Stand By Me," has died of cardiopulmonary failure at the age of 78.
Leiber was half of the legendary Leiber and Stoller songwriting team, whose enormous body of work was the theme of an American Idol night back in May. The list of those who immortalized their work includes The Beatles, James Brown and Elvis Presley.
A spokesperson said in a emailed statement to ABC News Radio, "All of us -- family, friends and associates -- are extremely saddened by the passing of Jerry Leiber. His contributions to the world of popular music through his songwriting and record productions -- in conjunction with his partner Mike Stoller -- will surely outlive us all."
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