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Doc Pomus

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The legendary Doc Pomus found success among the finest white blues singers from the 1940s before becoming one of the biggest songwriters in the annals of American popular music. The writer of many of the very most well-known rock & move songs from the ’60s, he made up “Save the final Dance for me personally,” “This Magic Instant,” “Sweets for My Nice,” and a large number of others, including Elvis Presley’s “Viva NEVADA” “Small Sister,” and “(Marie’s the Name) His Most recent Fire.” Crippled by polio in his child years, Pomus — given birth to Jerome Felder on June 27, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY — became thinking about performing blues and composing tunes after hearing a large Joe Turner record when he was 15; he performed saxophone at that time, and after hearing Turner, blues music became his obsession. From the middle-’50s, after performing in one thousand blues night clubs, Pomus found a crossroads in his profession: he was in his early thirties and made a decision he wished to obtain married, but recognizing he’d under no circumstances support himself along with a wife performing blues, he made a decision to turn into a songwriter. Then realized he required a collaborator, and discovered one in his piano-playing partner for a large number of years, Mort Shuman. Jointly, Pomus and Shuman had written what and music to such strikes as “Small Sister,” “Suspicion,” “Can’t Get accustomed to Shedding You,” “Surrender,” “Viva NEVADA,” and so many more. After securing their very own office within the Brill Building, the group continuing to crank out strike after strike; Presley alone finished up recording a lot more than 20 of the tracks throughout his profession, including stuff like “Clutter of Blues.” Furthermore, Pomus and Shuman also had written tracks for Fabian (“Switch Me Loose” and “I’m a guy”), Bobby Darin (“Basic Jane”) and Dion, for whom they had written “Teen in Like.” Pomus proved helpful tirelessly for performers he thought in, and among those he thought in was Small Jimmy Scott, a jazz balladeer from Cleveland who initial came to NY in the past due ’40s within Lionel Hampton’s music group. He also performed significant career increasing roles for folks like his hero Big Joe Turner, Dr. John, Lou Reed, and a large number of others. Pomus contracted lung tumor and passed away in March 1991, however, not before a string of great benefit shows were kept for him at night clubs around NY; after Scott performed “You to definitely View Over Me” at Pomus’ memorial program, the vocalist was agreed upon to a five-album cope with Warner Bros. Pomus’ storage lives on via the Washington, D.C.-structured Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Doc Pomus Economic Assistance program.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth June 27, 1925
Died March 14, 1991, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Children Sharyn Felder
Siblings Raoul Felder
Awards Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs Send for the Doctor, Fruity Woman, My Good Pott, It's Great to Be Young and in Love, Naggin' Wife Blues, Blues Without Booze, Too Much Boogie, Bye Baby Bye, Doc's Boogie, Blues in the Red, Surrender, Pomus Blues, Kiss Me Quick, My New Chick, Fruity Woman Blues, Save the Last Dance for Me, Work, Little Carrie, Work, No Home Blues, Desdemona’s Lament, Medley: My Gal's a Jockey / Mad Blues / Bye Baby Bye, I'm Going Crazy, No One, Taveling Dog, Jelly Jelly Blues, Give It Up, I'll Treat You Like a Woman, Baby Get It Out of Your Mind, You Better Believe It, You Ain't Such a Much, Pool Playing Blues, Blues For Sale, Alley Alley Blues
Albums It's Great to Be Young and in Love, R&B Legend 1947-1955, Blues In The Red


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Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man in the High Castle 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mike & Mike 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Strictly Come Dancing 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Let's Be Cops 2014 writer: "This Magic Moment"
Call the Midwife 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009-2013 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Since I Don't Have You 2013 writer: "Happy Time"
Warehouse 13 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Big Wedding 2013 writer: "Save the Last Dance for Me"
Atop the Fourth Wall 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy 2013 TV Movie documentary writer: "Viva Las Vegas" - uncredited
Tu cara me suena 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Marty Stuart Show 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Marley 2012 Documentary writer: "A Teenager In Love", "Teenager in Love" uncredited
Inas Nacht 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rude Tube 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
3satfestival 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Runnin' Rebels of UNLV 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place 2011 Documentary writer: "Young Blood"
Kottan ermittelt: Rien ne va plus 2010 writer: "Save The Last Dance For Me"
Two and a Half Men 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Por Toda Minha Vida 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rio Sex Comedy 2010 writer: "I Can't Get Used to Losing You", "A Teenager in Love" - as "Doc" Pomus
Dancing with the Stars 2009-2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Flipped 2010/I writer: "A Teenager In Love"
L'autre monde 2010 writer: "Save the Last Dance for Me"
Matrimoni e altri disastri 2010 writer: "This Magic Moment" - as D. Pomus
The Vampire Diaries 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock & Chips 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Men of a Certain Age 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Willkommen Österreich 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Later... With Jools Holland 2009 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
America's Got Talent 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nitro Circus 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Killshot 2008 lyrics: "Doin' The Best I Can", "Suspicion" / music: "Doin' The Best I Can", "Suspicion"
Sons of Anarchy 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Express 2008 writer: "Mess Of Blues"
Psych 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Elvis: Viva Las Vegas 2007 TV Movie documentary writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas 2007 Video documentary short writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Big Love 2007 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Current Affair 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Crazy Love 2007/I Documentary writer: "Can't Get Used To Losing You"
The Sopranos 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bones 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland 2006 Documentary writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice 2006 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Canadian Idol 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Quand j'étais chanteur 2006 writer: "Save The Last Dance For Me"
Kupetzky 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Da Kath & Kim Code 2005 TV Movie writer: "Save The Last Dance For Me"
Great Performances 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Tribute to the King 2005 Video documentary writer: "A Mess Of Blues"
Las Vegas 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party 2005 TV Movie lyrics: "Viva Las Vegas" / music: "Viva Las Vegas"
Rebels on the Run: The Rise and Fall of UNLV Basketball 2005 TV Movie documentary writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Elvis 2005 TV Series writer: "Surrender"
Grand Ole Opry TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2005 music - 1 episode, 2005
The Wedding Date 2005 writer: "Save the Last Dance for Me"
Lackawanna Blues 2005 TV Movie writer: "Boogie Woogie Country Girl"
Elvis: The Last 24 Hours 2005 TV Movie writer: "Suspicion"
Blackpool 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Monarch of the Glen 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
No Regrets 2004 writer: "Save The Last Dance For Me"
Father of the Pride 2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003 lyrics: "Viva Las Vegas"
Das Duo 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Estradilla: Agents & Elvis 2003 TV Movie writer: "Eroon pääse en", "Muukalainen"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Angel 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jos sais kerran 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 lyrics: "Lonely Avenue" 1958 / music: "Lonely Avenue" 1958
The Definitive Elvis: Elvis and Priscilla 2002 Video documentary writer: "Viva Las Vegas", "Double Trouble"
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part II: 1962-1969 2002 Video documentary writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Queer as Folk 2001-2002 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Fukuyama Engineering 2002 TV Series writer: "Rasto Danzu wa Watashi ni"
Ronnie Milsap: Live 2002 Video writer: "Young Blood"
Final 2001 writer: "Little Sister"
Ed 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
61* 2001 TV Movie writer: "I Count The Tears"
Roswell 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Blow Dry 2001 writer: "Sweets For My Sweet"
The British Invasion Returns 2000 Video writer: "Sweets for My Sweet"
Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me 2000 Video documentary short writer: "Hush-a-Bye" - uncredited
Snatch 2000 writer: "VIVA LAS VEGAS"
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2000 writer: "Viva Rock Vegas"
Mad Cows 1999 writer: "Bring Him Back"
Bowfinger 1999 writer: "There Is Always One More Time"
Friends 1999 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Simpsons 1999 TV Series 1 episode
Jidder 1998 Short writer: "This Magic Moment"
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train 1998 writer: "Save the Last Dance for Me"
The Odd Couple II 1998 writer: "Little Sister"
The Big Lebowski 1998 writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Liian paksu perhoseksi 1998 TV Movie writer: "Saanhan tanssin viimeisen"
Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas 1997 TV Special documentary writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Trial and Error 1997 writer: "Turn Me Loose"
Fully Booked 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Perdona bonita, pero Lucas me quería a mí 1997 writer: "It's a Lonely Town"
Lost Highway 1997 writer: "This Magic Moment"
Tohuwabohu TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1990 - 1995 lyrics - 1 episode, 1997
EastEnders 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold Lazarus 1996 TV Mini-Series writer: "A TEENAGER IN LOVE"
Sgt. Bilko 1996 writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Shall We Dance? 1996 writer: "Save the Last Dance for Me"
Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Man of No Importance 1994 writer: "Can't Get Used To Losing You" - as D. Pomus
Andre 1994 writer: "This Magic Moment"
Mistah 1994 writer: "Suspicion"
What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 "This Magic Moment"
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Short Cuts 1993 writer: "Full Moon", "To Hell with Love", "Prisoner of Life", "I Don't Know You"
The Sandlot 1993 writer: "This Magic Moment"
That Night 1992 writer: "LITTLE SISTER"
Designing Women 1992 TV Series 1 episode
Double Cross 1992 music: "SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME RASUTODANSU WA WATASHI NI"
Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 writer: "VIVA! LAS VEGAS", "SURRENDER"
Parker Lewis Can't Lose TV Series writer - 1 episode, 1992 lyrics - 1 episode, 1991
Hearts Are Wild 1992 TV Series writer: "Viva Las Vegas"
Brides of Christ 1991 TV Mini-Series writer: "Save the Last Dance for Me"
Lucky Luke 1991 writer: "This Magic Moment"
Flight of the Intruder 1991 "The Magic Moment"
Tulilinja 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cry-Baby 1990 writer: "KING CRY BABY"
Heavy Petting 1989 Documentary writer: "I Wonder Why"
Rain Man 1988 writer: "Lonely Avenue" 1956
Heartbreak Hotel 1988 writer: "His Latest Flame"
Buster 1988 writer: "Sweets For My Sweet"
Cocktail 1988 writer: "This Magic Moment"
Rockin' the Night Away 1988 TV Movie writer: "A Teenager in Love"
Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 1987 writer: "Save the Last Dance For Me"
Roomies 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Making Mr. Right 1987 writer: "This Magic Moment"
Tin Men 1987 writer: "His Latest Flame"
Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 writer: "Teenager In Love"
Stand by Me 1986 as D. Pomus, "Hush-a-Bye"
Best of Bandstand 1986 Video documentary writer: "Turn Me Loose", "Teenager in Love"
My American Cousin 1985 writer: "Save the Last Dance For Me"
Fame 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984 writer: "Just To Walk That Little Girl Home"
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary writer: "Turn Me Loose" - uncredited
Those Glory Glory Days 1983 TV Movie writer: "A Teenager in Love" - uncredited
Diner 1982 writer: "A Teenager in Love"
This Is Elvis 1981 "His Latest Flame", "Viva! Las Vegas"
American Pop 1981 writer: "Turn Me Loose" - as Jerome 'Doc' Pomus
WKRP in Cincinnati 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
De Mike Burstyn show 1978 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bobby Vinton's Rock 'n Rollers 1978 TV Special writer: "Turn Me Loose"
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Muppet Show 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974-1975 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
It's Not the Size That Counts 1974 writer: "Angel Face" - uncredited
The Graham Kennedy Show 1973 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Elvis: That's the Way It Is 1970 Documentary writer: "Little Sister"/"Get Back" Medley
Anzio 1968 lyrics: "This World Is Yours"
Double Trouble 1967 writer: "Double Trouble" - uncredited
Spinout 1966 writer: "Never Say Yes" - uncredited
Frankie and Johnny 1966 writer: "What Every Woman Lives For" - uncredited
Tickle Me 1965 writer: "It's a Long Lonely Highway", "Night Rider", "I Feel That I've Known You Forever"
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Girl Happy 1965 writer: "Girl Happy" - uncredited
Anna, My Darling 1965 writer: "A Mess o' Blues" - uncredited
Viva Las Vegas 1964 writer: "Viva Las Vegas" - uncredited
Kissin' Cousins 1964 writer: " It's a Long Lonely Highway - uncredited
Just for Fun 1963 writer: "Up And Downs Of Love", "Judy, Judy Judy ", " All You Gotta Do Is Touch Me"
Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! 1962 writer: "Seven Day Weekend", "What Am I To Do", "You Never Talked About Me"
G.I. Blues 1960 writer: "Doin' The Best I Can"
Visit to a Small Planet 1960 writer: "Desdemona's Lament" - uncredited
Hound-Dog Man 1959 writer: "Hound-Dog Man"
The Dick Clark Show 1959 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Lux Show 1957 TV Series 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Now You See Me 2 2016 writer: "This Magic Moment"
World Championship Snooker 2016 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Morgen hör ich auf 2016 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Masters Snooker 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode

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Boy Meets Girls 1959 TV Series Himself

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