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1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Doc Pomus

Doc Pomus

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  • Year:
    1992
  • Inducted by:
    Phil Spector
  • Category:
    Ahmet Ertegun Award
Doc Pomus

Hall of Fame Essay

1992

Peter Galunick

Born Jerome Solon Felder in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn on June 27, 1925, he became “Doc Pomus” both  as an identity and as a disguise.

At fifteen, he fell into the blues through the message embedded in Big Joe Turner’s “Piney Brown Blues”; as Doc frequently said, “It was the transformation of my life.”

At eighteen he started hanging out in Greenwich Village, listening to Frankie Newton’s  band at George's Tavern,  and when the proprietor wanted to throw him out one night for nursing a single beer the whole evening, Doc came up with the perfect alibi.

“I’m a blues singer,” he said. “I’m here to do a song.” The song he sang, without any further ado or prepara­tion, was, naturally, “Piney Brown Blues.”

he was the light of my life.

Phil Spector

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