March 13, 1933 Happy Birthday Mike Stoller!
My good friend Adrian Bailey sang Stand By Me in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, a Leiber and Stoller musical, on Broadway. He sang this song every night.
It’s amazing what happens when you take a great singer and give him a great song and let him sing it 8 shows a week for years. Every time I heard him sing Stand By Me it was even better! And when a singer gets so good on one song it carries over to every other song.
Moral of the story. Learn the hell out of one song!
Mike Stoller has so many hits it was hard to choose just one for his birthday, but this is one of my favorites.