A video of toddler William Stokkebroe dancing the jive to Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock has attracted more than 3.8 million hits, 15,000 likes, and almost 1,700 comments on YouTube.
The two-year-old learned his smooth moves from his parents Kristina and Peter Stokkebroe, who run dance studio Studie43 in Denmark, according to the video’s description.
William Stokkebroe wins over the crowd by gyrating his hips, clapping, tapping his feet and attempting to sing along to the hit song.
Dressed like a true pro in a checked shirt and jeans, William Stokkebroe wows his captive audiences, who laugh and cheer, as he throws some shapes on the dance floor.
William Stokkebroe, 2, wins over the crowd by gyrating his hips, clapping, tapping his feet and attempting to sing along to Jailhouse Rock
The tiny dancer imitates Elvis’s signature moves, while incorporating some of his own style, jumping high in the air and pulling a series of funny faces.
At the end of his crowd-pleasing performance, the toddler takes a triumphant bow, applauds himself, blows a kiss to his fans and high-fives a familiar face.
Internet users reacted with delight at the adorable video. Denisethepainter posted: “ELVIS! You’re BACK! That is one super cool baby! Amazing and soooo CUTE!”
Marginalacz said: “Lucky kid, he already knows what to do in life, I am 25 and still have no idea.”
Jerry Leiber, legendary songwriter of rock’n’roll music, died of cardiopulmonary failure on Monday, August 22, at Cedar Sinai medical Centre in Los Angeles. He was 78.
“Jerry Leiber passed quickly and with minimum discomfort, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his three sons, Jed, Oliver, and Jake, and his two granddaughters, Chloe and Daphne. You can honor his memory by committing your life to excellence and joy. Of course, Jerry would never have said anything like that. He would have said:
‘Let’s break out the booze, and have a ball…’
That works, too. L’chaim, Unca Jer.” Wrote Peter Stoller on Leiber & Stoller’s website.
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller have been writing songs for almost sixty years. They created classics in various genres, Rhythm & Blues, Pop, Jazz, Cabaret, and they could said they had contributed to the birth of Rock&Roll.
Jerry Leiber was born on April 25, 1933, in Baltimore, Maryland and he met Mike Stoller in 1950.
“Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Stand By Me”, “Spanish Harlem”, “Yakety-Yak”, “Young Blood”, “On Broadway”, “Poison Ivy”, “Stand By Me”, “Love Potion No. 9”, ” Love Me”, “King Creole”, “There Goes My Baby”, “Charlie Brown” are some of their most known songs.
Jerry and Mike were teenagers back then, they shared a passion for blues and wrote songs for amusement. Jerry Leiber was writing mostly the lyrics and Mike Stoller was composing the music.
“Jerry was an idea machine. For every situation, Jerry had 20 ideas.” Mike Stoller said in their autobiography “Hound Dog” (2009).
Their songs were recorded by Jimmy Witherspoon, Little Esther, Little Willie Littlefield, Charles Brown, Ray Charles, the Drifters, Coasters and the Robins. In 1953 Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton recorded “Hound Dog” and the Atlantic Records became interested in them.
Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley and Jerry Leiber studying "Jailhouse Rock" song sheet
Elvis Presley made “Hound Dog” a huge hit in 1956, but Jerry Leiber was upset because Elvis had change the lyrics.
“The song is not about a dog; it’s about a man, a freeloading gigolo. Elvis’ version makes no sense to me, and, even more irritatingly, it is not the song that Mike and I wrote. Of course, the fact that it sold more than seven million copies took the sting out of what seemed to be a capricious changes of lyrics.” Said Jerry Leiber in their memoir “Hound Dog”.
In 1959 the Coasters’ “Poison Ivy” went to number 1 on the R&B chart and number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Pure and simple, ‘Poison Ivy’ is a metaphor for a sexually transmitted disease – or the clap – hardly a topic for a song that hit the Top Ten in the Spring of 1959.” “But the more we wrote, the less we understood why the public bought what it bought.” Jerry Leiber said.
In 1964 the Beatles became popular in US and the music trends changed, however in 1972 their Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck In The Middle With You” was a hit.
“Is That All There Is?” won Grammy award in 1969 and same did the cast album of “Smokey Joe’s Café”, a 1995 Broadway musical. They were inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.
American Idol, reality television singing competition, dedicated an evening to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s music on May 11, 2011.