April 1, 1995 |
*** Various artists, "Till the Night Is Gone: A Tribute to Doc Pomus," Rhino. Pomus was a songwriting marvel--able to turn out lightweight rock hits (Fabian's "Turn Me Loose"), yet gifted enough to write such memorable ballads as the Drifters' "Save the Last Dance for Me."
January 28, 2011 |
Ever since the 1970s, well-to-do hippies have flocked to Laurel Canyon, the tree-lined neighborhood perched high in the hills above Los Angeles. Aside from a country store, a cozy restaurant whose name means "peace" in Italian and a mass of post-and-beam houses, there isn't actually much to the area other than the omnipresent sense that something magical once took place there. Forty years ago, Laurel Canyon was home to a collective of artists who wrote some of their most famous music while living there.
August 25, 2001 |
"Save the Last Dance for Me" is one of the most endearing romantic hits of the modern pop era, but the story behind the Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman ballad is even more touching than the song. Once you hear that story during a coming two-hour documentary on the A&E channel, you'll never again be able to listen to Pomus' lyrics (printed below the picture) without thinking of the poignant footage.
November 4, 1991 |
Composer and singer Mort Shuman, who wrote hits for American and French stars, including Elvis Presley, and also produced the musical "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," died early Sunday in a London hospital, his agent said. He was 52. The announcement in Paris by Charley Marouani did not list a cause of death. Shuman underwent a liver operation last spring and was hospitalized again two weeks ago.
July 19, 1987 |
* * * "STRANGE WEATHER." Marianne Faithfull. Island. If a very hip, late set at an especially psychotic cabaret is your particular cup of espresso, you're sure to enjoy this mondo depresso mini-masterwork from veteran chanteuse/cult heroine Marianne Faithfull.