Rock Songwriter Doc Pomus Honored by Williamsburg Street Renaming

By Meredith Hoffman on September 30, 2013 9:18am 

 Doc Pomus was a blues singer and a rock songwriter who grew up partly in Williamsburg.
Doc Pomus was a blues singer and a rock songwriter who grew up partly in Williamsburg.
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WILLIAMSBURG — Doc Pomus, the legendary lyricist who wrote songs for Elvis, Ray Charles and the Drifters, not only lives on in his music — his name will soon crown a corner in his native neighborhood.

The corner of Manhattan Avenue and McKibben Street will be co-named Monday night as "Pomus Place" to honor Pomus, officials said. Pomus was born in Williamsburg as Jerome Felder in 1925 and grew up in the neighborhood.

Pomus began as a prominent blues singer and then went on to write top rock songs including "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment" and "Viva Las Vegas."

Pomus, who had polio as a child, died in 1991.

The music icon will be honored by his friends, family, local officials and nonprofits at the co-naming Monday at 6 p.m.

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