Song Of The Day: Elvis Presley – “Little Sister” (1961)

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On this day in 1925, Doc Pomus, one of the pioneers of Rock & Roll, was born. His story is the stuff of legends. Born as Jerome Felder, Pomus was stricken with polio as a child, rendering him mostly housebound where he entertained himself listening and singing along to original blues records. As a Jew and a polio victim, Pomus felt a special “underdog” kinship with African Americans, and in his late teens he summoned the courage to sing on his crutches at various black music clubs in New York City, where he wowed the patrons with his authentic singing. By the mid-50s he began to write songs, and after co-writing the number one hit “Young Blood” for the Coasters in 1956 he devoted himself to songwriting. Together with his writing partners, especially Mort Shuman, Pomus wrote some of the biggest songs in early Rock & Roll, including “This Magic Moment”, Save The Last Dance For Me”, and this little nugget from 1961. After the Rock revolution of the late 60s Pomus became a kind of songwriting consultant, and also collaborated on 1980s albums with Willy DeVille and Dr. John. He passed away in 1991, but as they say, his legend lives on.

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