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Doc Pomus

After beginning his musical career as a blues singer in the late 1940s, Doc Pomus (1925-1991) went on to become one of America’s most original, influential and commercially successful songwriters. Born Jerome Solon Felder, he gave the world, (often with his long-time partner Mort Shuman), a dazzling legacy of musical hits during Lonely Avenuerock ‘n’ roll’s first decades.  Doc was a role model for generations of songwriters, referred to by many as their ‘Buddha’. He was renowned for his mastery of a variety of popular styles, from the blues and rhythm and blues of “Lonely Avenue” and “Youngblood” to the majestic sounds of “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment” to the pop and poetry of “Teenager in Love” and “Viva Las Vegas.” Doc wrote over a period of fifty years and his songs have been recorded and covered by all the greats, including Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Ben E. King, Lou Reed, to list only a few. In his later years, Doc wrote some of his very best songs with Dr. John, Ken Hirsch and Willy Deville, “songs that matched, and in some cases surpassed, the quality of his greatest hits” (Peter Guralnick). Doc Pomus was as Jerry Leiber called him, “a Master songwriter.” Doc has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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