Brooklyn-born Mort Shuman inherited from his parents a passion for art and music. He studied philosophy at school, but despite being accepted at City College of New York, Shuman opted for a career in music and began writing songs. When he was barely 16, he met 31-year-old Doc Pomus, a singer of some repute around the spots on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. Pomus was also a songwriter, and in him, Shuman found a soulmate. Pomus became a friend and mentor and the two began writing songs together despite the 15-year age differential between them.

Thanks to a series of chance encounters with a number of music professionals, the pair signed up with Hill and Range Songs, a music publisher that had already established a working relationship with Elvis Presley. From 1958 through the mid-'60s, Pomus and Shuman authored a great body of pop song hits including, "A Mess of Blues," "Little Sister," "Surrender," "Viva Las Vegas" and "His Latest Flame" for Presley; "You Are My Baby" for Ray Charles; "A Teenager in Love" for Dion; "Can't Get Used to Losing You" for Andy Williams; and "This Magic Moment," "Sweets for My Sweet" and perhaps the most memorable of them all, "Save the Last Dance for Me," for The Drifters.

Together, these songs sold more than 30 million records. Despite this success, Shuman left New York in the mid-'60s to enjoy a life of travel. Stopping for a time in London, he managed to write a series of hits for some of the top British acts, including "Little Children" for Billy J. Kramer, "She La La La Lee" for the Small Faces and…

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Discography Highlights

THIS MAGIC MOMENT Mort Shuman, Doc Pomus
Unichappell Music, Inc.

TEENAGER IN LOVE, A Mort Shuman, Doc Pomus
Unichappell Music, Inc.

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