Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Doc Pomus
Doc Pomus (June 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.

Together with Shuman and individually, Doc Pomus was a key figure in the development of popular music. They wrote such hits as Save the Last Dance for Me, This Magic Moment, Sweets for My Sweet, Viva Las Vegas, Little Sister, Surrender, Can't Get Used to Losing You, Suspicion, Turn Me Loose and Mess of Blues.
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.
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.

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