The Songwriters Hall of Fame, in association with Broadcast Music, Inc., is proud to announce the GRAMMY Museum’s special screening of REEL TO REEL: AKA DOC POMUS on February 11, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Following the captivating film about this gifted and prolific Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, there will be a panel discussion featuring producer/director Will Hechter, songwriter composer Kenny Hirsch and songwriter/producer/SHOF inductee Jeff Barry.
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 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. 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 songs were recorded by artists ranging from Elvis to Ray Charles, Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen and hundreds more. 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. AKA DOC POMUS brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking and extraordinarily eventful journey. Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, the film 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. Doc’s private journals are read by his close friend, Lou Reed. Doc Pomus’ improbably gripping life story makes for a powerful film that introduces this unique American character to a new, wider circle of admirers.
Location: The GRAMMY Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, California
Date: Feb. 11, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Ticket Price: $10
American Express is the exclusive payment method for presale tickets. American Express ticket purchasers will also receive a special gift.
For more information, please visit grammymuseum.org
The screening was thrilling for all in attendance, and stay tuned for more stellar events to come!
(l to r) BMI’s Jessa Gelt, the film’s Producer/Director Will Hechter, Songwriter/ Composer Kenny Hirsch, BMI’s Tracie Verlinde, Music Asset Management & SHOF Board Member Mary Jo Mennella.