Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then as a songwriter, creating some of the greatest hits of the early rock and roll era: "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," "A Teenager in Love," "Viva Las Vegas," and a thousand others.
After the release of Mardi Gras in 1975, Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennack) left Atlantic Records. In late 1977, he signed with A&M's Horizon imprint – a label whose purpose was to showcase the jazz side of its parent company. City Lights is the better of two recordings he cut there. Produced by Tommy LiPuma and Hugh McCracken, City Lights was recorded at New York's Hit Factory Studios with a band of studio aces: drummer Steve Gadd, guitarists Cornell Dupree and John Tropea, bassist Will Lee, and Richard Tee as an additional keyboardist; Arthur Jenkins added percussive effects. The five-piece horn section included both David Sanborn and Ronnie Cuber. What's really startling, however, is the material. For most of the 1970s, Rebennack had been playing well-known tunes by other Crescent City luminaries and pop songwriters, contributing precious little of his material to his albums. On City Lights he wrote or co-wrote everything on the set. His songwriting partner for part of this date was none other than Doc Pomus. The best of both men is captured on the opener, "Dance the Night Away with You," a strolling New Orleans R&B number.
Labek's new release "What A Woman Knows" is filled with poignant titles. She chose songs for her third CD that feature lyrics most women can relate to. Cover titles like Sting's "Fragile," Doc Pomus' and Dr. John's "A World I Never Made," and originals that include "Life Is A Gift," "Trouble Blues," and "Love Provides" are interpreted from a particularly feminine point of view. The musical excellence of award-winning musicians on three different sessions (Latin, Blues and Acoustic) provide the listener a unique variety to savor. Arrangements by Jack Perricone enhance Labek's interpretations that are rich both in wisdom and musicality…
On June 5th, 2007, SONY BMG Music Entertainment released “Elvis At The Movies” – the most comprehensive Elvis Presley 2 CD movie package ever produced. The double-disc, 40-song collection features some of the popular tunes from Elvis Presley's remarkable run of 31 Hollywood movies, including show-stopping numbers like "What I'd Say" from Viva Las Vegas and "Rock-A-Hula Baby" from perennial fan-favorite Blue Hawaii. Also included are the #1 hits "Love Me Tender" and "Jailhouse Rock" plus 17 more Top 40 singles and classic contributions from legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman, and Otis Blackwell.