Ahmet Ertegun Award
The songwriter of such immortal classics as “Save the Last Dance for Me.”
Mort Shuman was fluent in the current musical trends and all musical genres, as well as several languages. With songwriting partner Doc Pomus, he wrote hits for Elvis, the Drifters and more.
Carole King Inducts Mort ShumanCarole King Inducts Mort Shuman at the 2010 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Hall of Fame Essay
More than anyone else, Mort Shuman signaled the new tide of songwriters in the 1950s: a generation of Jewish kids, primarily raised in the Yiddish neighborhoods of South Brooklyn, who applied their hereditary musical talent to their love of the new rock & roll, hawked the results around the Brill and music buildings in midtown Manhattan, and in the process, rewrote the American songbook.
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