Rock and roll’s poet laureate left one last record behind. (Hear it now.)

Jerry Leiber, who co-wrote some of the best songs anyone’s ever written, died on Monday, at the not-so-old age of 78. (Another remarkable songwriter, Nick Ashford, died the very same day.) This morning, we’re linking you to an inspired, unissued recording of Leiber paying tribute to his very old friend (and sometime employer), Atlantic Records honcho Ahmet Ertegun.

Leiber cut the track a few years ago, as a birthday present for Ertegun (who died soon afterward, after falling backstage at a Rolling Stones concert). Fans of the music will recognize and delight in the melody, and the liberties taken. Everyone will appreciate the love, the humor, and the shared history that went into the song (which very few people have heard). We’re happy to feature it today.

Courtesy of the David Brendel Archive

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Rock and roll’s poet laureate left one last record behind. (Hear it now.)