AKA Doc Pomus, a new film about the legendary songwriter who wrote some of the greatest hit songs of the last half-century, is an important addition to the recent spate of films about contemporary pop music history. The latter include Standing in the Shadows of Motown, 20 Feet From Stardom,Muscle Shoals, and Sound City. Doc Pomus’s songs, many co-written with Mort Schuman, include “Lonely Avenue,” (Ray Charles) “Youngblood” (Coasters), “Teenager in Love” (Dion), “Save the Last Dance for Me” (Drifters), “This Magic Moment” (Ben E. King), “Little Sister” and “Viva Las Vegas” (Elvis).
Born Jerome Felder, this intelligent, outgoing, and athletic Jewish boy from Long Island developed an early and deep love for jazz and blues music. He contracted polio as a child, yet despite this read more...