Partners: Clear Lake Historical Productions; distributed by PBS International
Length: 1 x 56 minutes; 1 x 100 minutes
Premiered: Toronto Jewish Film Festival, May 2012 | Rights available : Worldwide
Paralyzed with polio as a boy, young Jerome Felder’s life was transformed yet again when he first heard Big Joe Turner on the radio. From there, Felder began frequenting the clubs, taking to the stage on crutches and belting out the blues, and eventually adopting the stage name Doc Pomus. By the mid-Fifties, he had not only written songs for his own recordings, but was also a songwriter of choice for other R&B artists, including Ray Charles.
Pomus eventually hooked up with a young songwriter named Mort Shuman and from their office in The Brill Building, knocked out several songs that would cement their status as a legendary songwriting duo – “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “His Latest Flame,” and “Teenager in Love” to name a few. In this special, archival footage and candid interviews with friends and colleagues, coupled with excerpts from his memoir narrated by Lou Reed, combine to paint a joyful portrait of Pomus.