January 24, 1992 |
Most pop fans may have probably heard more in the last two weeks about the late Doc Pomus than they did during the late songwriter's five decades on the pop, rock and R&B scenes. Pomus was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week in recognition of writing or co-writing hits for such artists as Elvis Presley ("Little Sister" and "Viva Las Vegas"), Ray Charles ("Lonely Avenue"), the Coasters ("Young Blood"), the Drifters ("Save the Last Dance for Me") and Dion ("A Teenager in Love").
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.
December 12, 2013 |
Elvis. Aretha. The Beatles. These are the titans. Jerome Felder, Spooner Oldham and Freda Kelly? They're the supporting players. Following on last year's Oscar-winning Sixto Rodriguez documentary, "Searching for Sugarman," a fresh set of nonfiction films this year focused on low-profile talents whose stories are every bit as fascinating as their more famous compatriots. Leading the charge this year: Oscar shortlisted documentary "20 Feet From Stardom. " Financed by the late record executive Gil Friesen, "Stardom" offers a bittersweet group portrait of half a dozen background singers who helped define landmark recordings by Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, Sting and Stevie Wonder but failed to carve out comparable solo careers for themselves. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 At the outset, director Morgan Neville faced a daunting challenge.
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.