Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Doc Pomus documentary at the Ridge

Tomorrow the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival is screening AKA Doc Pomus; Ken Eisner's review of it is here, the trailer is here. Very few contemporary songwriters have had their work covered in so many genres by so many artists through so many decades while still sounding fun and fresh. Here's "Save the Last Dance for Me," as done by: The Drifters, Emmylou Harris, Aaron NevilleThe Troggs, and The Forgotten Rebels; "Viva Las Vegas" as done by Elvis, ZZ Top, and the Dead Kennedys; "This Magic Moment" by The Drifters, Lou Reed, and the Misfits; "Sweets for My Sweet" by the Drifters, the Searchers, Chriss, and CJ Lewis; and "Little Sister" by Elvis, Ry Cooder, the Blasters, and the Incredible Staggers. Oh, and here's Doc Pomus himself singing "Teenager in Love," which later was a hit for Dion and the Belmonts; and check out this delightful big band drug ditty sung by the Doc, "My Good Pott." Talkin' about a versatile musician - he may not have had the best legs in the world, but his songs sure do...

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