A.K.A. Doc Pomus (2013)

A.K.A. Doc Pomus
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 38mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords 1950s, disability, illness, inspirational, mentor, musician, overcoming adversity, performer, rock 'n' roll, singer, uplifting
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Peter Miller Director n/a 2 2000001
Ken Emerson Actor Himself 1 1000015
Marshall Chapman Actor Herself 1 1000014
B. B. King Actor Himself 1 1000013
William Hechter Director n/a 2 2000002
Sharyn Felder Producer n/a 3 3000001
Amy Carey Editor n/a 172 7000001
Antonio Rossi Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
William Hechter Producer n/a 3 3000003
Peter Miller Producer n/a 3 3000002
Penny Arade Actor Herself 1 1000012
Hal Wilner Actor Himself 1 1000011
Joan Osborne Actor Herself 1 1000005
Ben E. King Actor Himself 1 1000004
Dion Actor Himself 1 1000003
Lou Reed Actor Himself 1 1000002
Jimmy Scott Actor Himself 1 1000006
Shawn Colvin Actor Herself 1 1000007
Mike Stoller Actor Himself 1 1000010
Jerry Leiber Actor Himself 1 1000009
Gerry Goffin Actor Himself 1 1000008
Dr. John Actor Himself 1 1000001
Synopsis
Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer. Renaming himself Doc Pomus, he emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," "A Teenager in Love," "Viva Las Vegas," and dozens of other hits. For most of his life Doc was confined to crutches and a wheelchair, but he lived more during his sixty-five years than others could experience in several lifetimes. In his later years, Doc was a mentor to generations of younger songwriters, and a fierce advocate for downtrodden rhythm and blues musicians. He wrote a thousand songs - including some of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music - but his most lasting gift may have been his uniquely generous spirit. His life and career is recounted by those who knew him best, including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Leiber and Stoller, and B.B. King.
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