Doc Pomus

Doc Pomus (born Jerome Solon fields; * June 27, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, † March 14, 1991 in New York City ) was an American rock and roll and pop composer.


He began in his youth - despite a polio disease for which he had to rely on crutches - as a saxophone player and blues singer in clubs and bars. After his first selbstgesungenen and - composed single " Blues in the Red" from October 1945, played with the Tab Smith Septets, he had released 18 other plates without chart position until 1952.

In August 1952, succeeded Doc Pomus to offer his composition " Do not you cry" the successful blues singer ' Big' Joe Turner equal to No 5 of the R & B charts made ​​this song. From now on, he managed to win more artists for his compositions. The important for the development of rock and roll "Boogie Woogie Country Girl " was undeserved exile in April 1956 on the B- side of a Joe Turner single. With the autobiographical "Lonely Avenue " for Ray Charles in October 1956 finally made ​​the breakthrough.

Now the song writing to his main job has been assisted by his songwriting partner and pianist Mort Shuman he wrote in 1956 numerous hits for former stars such as Elvis Presley (including " Viva Las Vegas ", " Suspicion", " Little Sister ," " His Latest Flame " ), Fabian ( " I'm a Man, "" Turn me Loose " ), Bobby Darin ( " Plain Jane " ), Dion and the Belmonts ( " teenager in Love " ), several songs for The Drifters ( " Sweets for my Sweet " ), successfully gecovert by the Searchers, and " Save the last dance for me ". He also wrote a few songs with the composer duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, including the Coasters for the title of " Young blood" ( the youth that were found jargon term for a good looking girl ) in May 1957 ( # 2 R & B charts). After the partnership with Mort Shuman came to an end because of his move to Europe in 1964, Pomus got out for ten years from the music business and earned his money as a poker player. After his return, he worked as a songwriter for artists such as BB King, for whom he autobiographical There must be a better world somewhere wrote in May 1981 along with Dr. John. Johnny Adams brought in September 1991 an album with Pomus songs under the title Johnny Adams Sings Doc Pomus, from the There is always one more time (composed by Pomus and Dr. John ) should be mentioned. Mink DeVille took into account published in June 1985 on his album Sporting life the Pomus composition Something beautiful dying; DeVille's 1980 released album Le chat bleu contained the Pomus Songs That world outside and You just keep holding on. Pomus produced, inter alia, for Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and Marianne Faithfull, to New York, he died of lung cancer in 1991.

Song Statistics

Broadcast Music Incorporated According to Pomus total of 561 copyrights are registered. It is estimated that today about 100 million records sold worldwide with his songs. For his achievements he was awarded among others with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1992 ), several Grammys and the "Pioneer Award" from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.