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Doc Pomus Documentary Coming To Rock Hall

Doc Pomus wrote or co-wrote more than 1,000 songs including some of the greatest in Rock and Roll history. Elvis Presley recorded at least 20 of those songs ("Little Sister" and "Viva Las Vegas" among the biggest hits). He also wrote songs for The Drifters, The Coasters, Dion and the Belmonts, Ray Charles and other Hall of Fame inductees.

Cover art photo for the documentary "AKA Doc Pomus"
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The 2012 documentary A.K.A Doc Pomus will be shown at the Rock Hall on Wednesday, January 15th at 7pm in the Foster Theater. This event is free with a reservation through the Rock Hall's website.

The film delves into Doc's life not only as a songwriter but his lifelong battle with polio. He was confined to crutches and a wheelchair at the age of six. A family members says during the film: "I think my brother had everything going against him in the history of the world from poverty to illness to incapacitation, you could not create a worse scenario for failure."

Born Jerome Solon Felder, he initially used Doc Pomus as a stage name to perform blues songs in Brooklyn to keep his identity hidden from his parents. At 19, he landed a job in the famed Brill Building as a songwriter and never stopped writing until his death in 1991.

The film features interviews with Doc’s collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Leiber and Stoller and B.B. King and is narrated by Lou Reed.

Doc Pomus was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 as a songwriter.