Jerry Leiber, the songwriter who penned such classic rock and roll hits as Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock, has died at the age of 78. Leiber earned his reputation alongside co-writer Mike Stoller, penning tunes for The Drifters, The Coasters and Ben E King as well as Presley. Leiber died of cardiopulmonary failure in Los Angeles, a spokesman said, quoted by BBC. Leiber’s career began in 1953 when Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton became the first artist to record Hound Dog. The song would later become an even more successful hit record for Presley, who reinvented it as a rock and roll standard.