Monday, February 10, 2014

GO:LA - Doc Pomus documentary - LA Weekly

Doc Pomus & Doctor John
White, Jewish and stricken with polio, teenager Jerome Felder was the most unlikely of blues singer in 1940s Brooklyn. Adopting the name "Doc Pomus," he recorded a few sides on his own before dedicating himself to songwriting the following decade. Of the more than 1,000 songs he wrote, gems like "Save the Last Dance," "This Magic Moment" and "A Teenager in Love" became part of the foundation of pop radio. More than 20 years after Pomus' death from lung cancer at age 65, filmmakers Peter Miller and Will Hechter have released AKA Doc Pomus, a documentary celebrating the unconventional life of the great songwriter, featuring appearances by Dr. John, B.B. King and Ken Hirsch. Following the screening, Hirsch and Hecht-er will be joined for a panel discussion by one of Pomus' Brill Building contemporaries and a documentary-worthy subject himself, Jeff Barry.

Doc Pomus @ LA Weekly

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