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Doc Pomus (January 27, 1925 - March 14, 1991) was an American blues singer and songwriter, active throughout the 20th century. He is best known as the lyricist of many Rock and Roll hits. January 27 is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar). ... For the Lebanese political coalition, see March 14 Alliance. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...


Biography

Born Jerome Solon Felder in Brooklyn, New York, he became a fan of the blues after hearing Big Joe Turner on record. He had polio as a boy and got around on crutches. Due to post-polio syndrome, exacerbated by an accident, he eventually used a wheelchair. He died in 1991 from lung cancer. His brother is the famous New York attorney Raoul Felder. For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... Big Joe Turner (born Joseph Vernon Turner Jr. ... Poliomyelitis (polio), or infantile paralysis, is a viral paralytic disease. ... Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that frequently affects survivors of poliomyelitis, a viral infection of the nervous system, after recovery from an initial paralytic attack of the virus. ... A wheelchair is a wheeled mobility device in which the user sits. ... Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ...


Using the stage name "Doc Pomus," he began performing as a teenager, becoming one of the most successful white blues singers of his time. In the 1950s, Pomus started songwriting in order to make enough money to support his wife. 24 performances by Pomus in the late '40s and early '50s can be heard on the 2006 CD released by Rev-Ola (Cherry Red Records) titled "Doc Pomus Blues in the Red." This title is available as of this writing through iTunes. A stage name, or a screen name, is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers (such as actors, comedians, musicians, and clowns). ... White rose. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ...


By 1957, Doc had given up performing in order to devote himself full-time to songwriting. He collaborated with pianist Mort Shuman to write for Hill & Range Music Co./Rumbalero Music at its offices in New York City's Brill Building. Their songwriting efforts had Pomus write the lyrics and Shuman the music, although occasionally they worked on both, and produced the hit songs: "Teenager in Love"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"; "Hushabye"; "This Magic Moment"; "Turn Me Loose"; "Sweets For My Sweet"; "Can't Get Used To Losing You"; "Little Sister"; "Suspicion"; "Surrender"; "Viva Las Vegas"; and "His Latest Flame (Marie's The Name)". Their songs were recorded by, among many others, Dion, Andy Williams, Bobby Rydell, James Darren, Twiggy, Lorraine Ellison, Brook Benton, The McCoys, Alexis Korner, Bobby Charles, Lil Green, Gatemouth Moore, Bobby Darin, Fabian, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, The Birds, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, The Lovelites, The Crowns, Laverne Baker, Major Lance, Manfred Mann, Amen Corner, The Birds, Big Joe Turner, The Beach Boys, The Mystics, Ben E. King, Cissy Houston, The Flamingos, Andy Williams, Ike and Tina Turner, The Coasters, The Drifters and Elvis Presley. A compilation of some lesser known, but excellent recordings of songs by Pomus and Shuman is to be released in June by Ace Records of London. Mort Shuman (November 12, 1936 _ November 2, 1991) was an American singer and songwriter. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area... The Brill Building (1930- ) in the United States is located at 1619 Broadway, in New York City, New York, just north of Times Square. ... Save the Last Dance for Me was a song by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, that was recorded in 1960 by the band The Drifters, who took it to #1 on the U.S. pop charts. ... Hushabye is a song written by D. Pomus and M. Schuman. ... Viva Las Vegas (1964) is an American romantic musical motion picture co-starring American singers Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. ... Dion DiMucci was born July 18, 1939 in the Bronx, New York, United States. ... Bobby Darin Bobby Darin (May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) (born Walden Robert Cassotto) was one of the most popular American big band performers and rock and roll teen idols of the late 1950s. ... Fabian (born February 6, 1943) was an American teen idol of the late 1950s and early 1960s. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Ray Charles was the stage name of Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004). ... Cock-A-Hoop Manfred Mann was a British R&B and pop band of the 1960s, named after its keyboard player, who later led the successful 1970s follow-on group Manfred Manns Earth Band. ... Amen Corner was a successful British pop band, formed in 1966 in Cardiff, Wales. ... The Birds was one of the top rhythm and blues bands in England during the mid-1960s, and part of the first British Invasion. ... Big Joe Turner (born Joseph Vernon Turner Jr. ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of... The Mystics are a singing group which began in Brooklyn, New York, USA in the late 1950s. ... Ben E. King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson in September 28, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina) is an American soul and pop singer. ... Cissy Houston (born Emily Drinkard on September 30, 1933) is a gospel and soul singer. ... For the seminal American doo-wop group, best known for I Only Have Eyes for You (1959), see The Flamingos. ... Andy Williams For other persons named Andrew Williams, see Andrew Williams (disambiguation). ... Tina Turner on the cover of her 1991 album Simply the Best Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939) is an African American R&B, pop, rock and soul singer, Buddhist and occasional actress probably best known for her scorching performances with the Ike and Tina Turner... The classic Coasters lineup. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B band, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ...


During the late '50s and early '60s Pomus also wrote with Phil Spector ("Youngboy Blues"; "Ecstasy"; "Here Comes The Night"; "What Am I To Do?"), Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber ("Youngblood" and "She's Not You") and other Brill Building era writers. Harvey Phillip Spector (born December 26, 1940) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most important songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ... Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most important songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ...


In the 1970s and 1980s out of his eleventh-floor two-room apartment at the Westover Hotel at 253 West 72nd Street, Pomus wrote songs with Dr. John, Ken Hirsch and Willy DeVille for what he said were "...those people stumbling around in the night out there, uncertain of not always so certain of exactly where they fit in and where they were headed." These later songs ("There Must Be A Better World" and "There Is Always One More Time" in particular), which were recorded by B.B. King, Irma Thomas, and Johnny Adams, are considered by some to be signatures of his best craft. Pomus wrote "Save the Last Dance for Me," although he could not walk, and the lyrics to "Viva Las Vegas" thirty years before ever going west of Newark, New Jersey, and never, incidentally, to Las Vegas. Dr. John is the stage name of Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. ... Kenneth William Hirsch is an American pop songwriter, pianist and record producer, best known as the co-writer of the international 1982 hit Ive Never Been to Me with Ron Miller. ... Willy DeVille, singer and songwriter, was born William Borsay in New York City, New York on August 25, 1950. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... A soul Queen from New Orleans. ...


Legacy and influence

Together with Shuman and individually, Doc Pomus was a key figure in the development of popular music. He was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The songs written and co-written by Pomus are referenced as standards of songwriting by token of sheer prolific consistency, and continue to be covered by musicians of every generation, including: Charlie Rich; Dwight Yokam; The Dead Kennedys; Led Zeppelin; ZZ Top; Bruce Springsteen; Michael Buble; Tom Jones; The Residents; The N.Y. Dolls; Doyle Bramhall; Ramsey Lewis; The Grascals; Pharaoh Sanders;'Fathead' Newman; Stray Cats; Harry Connick, Jr.; Elvis Costello; Irma Thomas; Emmylou Harris; The Misfits; Dolly Parton; Diana Ross, and many others. He was personally responsible for Lou Reed's exposure to the music industry in the early 1960s, and is one of two friends memorialized on Reed's 1992 album Magic and Loss (the other being Rotten Rita). Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... This page is about the band; see Kennedy family for the political dynasty, or The Kennedy Curse, which inspired the name Dead Kennedys The Dead Kennedys, from San Francisco, California are widely considered to be one of the greatest punk rock bands of all time. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Michael Bublé Michael Bublé (born 9 September 1975) is a Canadian crooner jazz singer and actor. ... Sir Tom Jones OBE (born Thomas Jones Woodward, June 7, 1940), is a Welsh singer particularly noted for his powerful voice. ... The Residents are an avant garde music and visual arts group. ... Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. ... Reggie Workman, Pharoah Sanders, and Idris Muhammad, c. ... // Formation and rapid U.K. success The Stray Cats are a rockabilly band first formed in 1979 by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer (Bloodless Pharaohs/Brian Setzer Orchestra) with school friends Lee Rocker (born Leon Drucker) and Slim Jim Phantom (born James McDonnell) in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New... Harry Connick, Jr. ... Declan Patrick MacManus (born August 25, 1954, in London), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish ancestry. ... A soul Queen from New Orleans. ... Emmylou Harris (b. ... The Misfits are an American punk rock band formed in 1977 and led by singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig (born Glenn Anzalone) and bassist Jerry Only (born Gerald Caiafa). ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated country singer, songwriter, composer, author, actress and philanthropist. ... Lewis Allan Lou Reed[1] (born March 2, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Magic and Loss is the sixteenth album by Lou Reed, released in 1992. ... Rotten Rita (real name Kenneth Rapp, a. ...


The song Doc’s Blues [1] was written as a tribute to Pomus by his close friend, Andrew Vachss. The lyrics originally appeared in Vachss’ 1990 novel Blossom. Doc’s Blues was later recorded by bluesman Son Seals, on Seals' last album, Lettin’ Go. [2] Andrew Vachss & Honey Pit Bull, courtesy of Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine Andrew Henry Vachss (born 19 October 1942) is an American crime fiction author, child protection consultant, and attorney exclusively representing children and youths. ... Andrew Vachss & Honey Pit Bull, courtesy of Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine Andrew Henry Vachss (born 19 October 1942) is an American crime fiction author, child protection consultant, and attorney exclusively representing children and youths. ... Frank Son Seals (August 13, 1942 -December 20, 2004) was an American blues guitarist and singer. ...


In 1995, Rhino Records released a tribute album to Pomus titled Till The Night Is Gone. It offers performances of Pomus songs by Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Dion, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Solomon Burke, John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin, Aaron Neville, Lou Reed, The Band, B.B. King, Los Lobos and Rosanne Cash. Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... A tribute album is a recorded collection of cover versions of a specific artists songs. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941), is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942 in Hawthorne, California), is an American pop musician, best known as the lead songwriter, bassist, and lead singer of the American rock band The Beach Boys. ... Dion may mean: People: Dion (tyrant of Syracuse) (408-354 BC), ancient Greek politician Adolphe de Dion (1823-1908), archaeologist who excavated the château of Montfort LAmaury Marquis Albert de Dion, founder of the automobile company de Dion-Bouton Dion DiMucci (b. ... Dr. John is the stage name of Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. ... A soul Queen from New Orleans. ... Solomon Burke (born March 21, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a soul and country music pioneer and member of the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... John Hiatt (born August 20, 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American musician with a growing following, who gets airplay on alternative radio stations. ... Shawn Colvin. ... Aaron Neville Aaron Neville (born January 24, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American soul and R&B singer. ... Lewis Allan Lou Reed[1] (born March 2, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... The Band was an influential Canadian-American rock group of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... Los Lobos is an American rock band, heavily influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country music, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as boleros and norteños. ... Rosanne Cash from the back cover of Rhythm & Romance (1985). ...


Due out in North America in March 2007 from DeCapo Press is the book "Lonely Avenue: The Unlikely Life And Times Of Doc Pomus" by Alex Halberstadt. The book will be released in the U.K. by the Random House imprint Johnathan Cape in June 2007.


References

  1. ^ Doc's Blues. Retrieved on 2007-02-04.
  2. ^ Lettin' Go. Retrieved on 2007-02-04.

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Doc Pomus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (330 words)
Doc Pomus (January 27, 1925 - March 14, 1991) was an American blues singer and songwriter, active throughout the 20th century.
Using the stage name "Doc Pomus," he began performing as a teenager, becoming one of the most successful white blues singers of his time.
Doc Pomus was one of the two friends whose illness and death inspired Lou Reed to write his 1992 album Magic and Loss (the other person being Rotten Rita).
Doc Pomus - definition of Doc Pomus in Encyclopedia (120 words)
Doc Pomus (January 27, 1925 - March 14, 1991) was a blues singer and songwriter, active throughout the 20th century.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Pomus began listening to the blues after hearing Big Joe Turner on record.
In the 1950s, Pomus began songwriting in order to make enough money to support a wife.
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