Lonely Avenue: The Unlikely Life and Times of Doc Pomus - Alex Halberstadt
One of the most original, influential, and commercially successful American songwriters, Doc Pomus (1927-1991) was a role model for several generations of composers, renowned for his mastery of virtually every popular style, and for the numerous hits he wrote during the rock 'n' roll and soul decades. But despite his successes, few knew that this writer of jukebox hits led one of the most dramatic lives of his time. Spanning the extremes between extravagant wealth and desperate poverty, suburban family life and the depths of New York's underworld, enduring love and persistent loneliness, and touching on more than a half-century of American popular music, Lonely Avenue reveals with novelistic flair the whole of Doc's experience-one of the great untold American stories. From his early R&B days as a performer himself to songwriter / lyricist, producer and mentor associated with the likes of Ray Charles to the Drifters to Elvis and way beyond, Jerome "Doc Pomus" Felder was a real industry hero (pre-owned paperback).