From the Land of Band Box Records

Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman

March 17, 2013

Mort Shuman - Doc Pomus

Mort Shuman – Doc Pomus

They were an unlikely pairing in the world of pop music. Pomus (Jerome Felder) was an R&B enthusiast and a practitioner of the genre – recording for nearly 10 years before settling into a long career of composing monster hits for others.  He found fame via a couple of other future “Brill Building” composers – then teenagers Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber who reworked the Pomus tune “Young Blood” for the Coasters.  Doc would go on to contribute an impressive list of tremendous hit recordings with Mort Shuman – many for Elvis Presley and The Drifters.

Earlier on – before his “sudden success” with “Youngblood” Pomus composed for the likes of Gatemouth Moore and Joe Turner (“Still In Love”).  He penned the Ray Charles R&B hit “Lonely Avenue” a 1956 smash for Ray (#6 on Billboard’s R&B charts).

Ray Charles - 1956

Ray Charles – 1956

Mort Shuman met up with Pomus as a teenager.  Mort had attended the same high school in Brighton Beach (NY) as Neil Sedaka.  The unlikely pair teamed to join the most successful ranks of pop – rock and R&B composers of all time.

Both songwriters passed away in 1991.


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