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Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote most of the songs for Jailhouse Rock, Elvis’ best movie. By 1957, the two Jewish kids were already veterans, responsible for a string of great R&B hits, beginning with Big Mama Thornton’s original recording of “Hound Dog.” Jailhouse features the duo’s best novelties this side of its work with the Coasters, including its masterpiece, “(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care.” Better known, though, is the movie’s title song: “Number 47 said to Number 3, ‘You’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see. I sure would be delighted with your company. Come on and do the Jailhouse Rock with me.’” Kind of makes you wonder about some of Elvis’ quirks, doesn’t it? He always did seem to prefer the company of men, surrounding himself with his Memphis Mafia of old high school buddies and, in Jailhouse, bunking with the aptly named Hunk Houghton. With Charles and Ray Eames’ The Fiberglass Chairs at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 1st & Independence Avenue SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Mark W. Sullivan)