Musicians On Call Presents AKA Doc Pomus

Benefiting: Musicians On Call
Nov 28
Hosted by:Musicians On Call
November 28, 2012 at 8:00pm to
Tribeca Cinemas map 54 Varick Street New York, NY

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The rescheduled date for this event is November 28, 2012 at 7pm.

Musicians On Call invites you to a private screening of AKA Doc Pomus.  Following the screening, there will be a reception and Q&A with the film makers.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.  Seating is limited.


Tickets are $95 each and the cost of the ticket is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  To purchase your tickets by check, mail to: Musicians On Call, 39 W 32nd St, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10001.

About AKA Doc Pomus

Doc Pomus’ dramatic life is one of American music’s great untold stories.  

Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then 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. a.k.a. DOC POMUS brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey. 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. “If the music industry had a heart,” the record producer Jerry Wexler remembered, “it would be Doc Pomus.”  

Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, a.k.a. DOC POMUS features interviews with Doc’s collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Leiber and Stoller, and B.B. King. Passages from Doc’s private journals are read by his close friend, Lou Reed.  

Doc Pomus’ improbably gripping life story makes for a powerful and lively film that introduces this unique American character to a new, much wider circle of admirers.



AKA DOC POMUS movie poster and video
Credit: Clear Lake Historical Productions
Photo 1
Caption: Bob Dylan with songwriter Doc Pomus
Credit: Felder Family Archive
Photo 2
Caption: Songwriter Doc Pomus with his wife, actress Willi Burke
Credit: Felder Family Archive
Photo 3
Caption: Songwriter Doc Pomus, 1950s
Credit: Felder Family Archive
Photo 4
Caption: Songwriter Doc Pomus, 1980s
Credit: Felder Family Archive

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