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Mort Shuman
Mort Shuman
(November 12, 1938[1][2] – November 2, 1991) was an American singer, pianist and songwriter, best known as co-writer of many 1960s rock and roll hits, including "Viva Las Vegas". He also wrote and sang many songs in French, such as "Le Lac Majeur", "Allo Papa Tango Charlie", "Sha Mi Sha", "Un Eté de Porcelaine", and " Brooklyn
by the Sea" which became hits in France.


1 Life and career 2 Awards and honors 3 Selected Discography 4 References 5 Notes 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Further information: List of songs written by Doc Pomus
Doc Pomus
and Mort Shuman Shuman was born in Brooklyn, New York City, of Polish Jewish immigrants and went to Abraham Lincoln High School, subsequently studying music at the New York Conservatory. He became a fan of R&B music and after he met Doc Pomus
Doc Pomus
the two teamed up to compose for Aldon Music
Aldon Music
at offices in New York City's Brill Building. Their songwriting collaboration saw Pomus write the lyrics and Shuman the melody, although occasionally each worked on both. Their compositions would be recorded by artists such as Dion, The Flamingos,[3] Andy Williams, Bobby Darin, Fabian, Ajda Pekkan
Ajda Pekkan
The Drifters, and Elvis Presley, among others. Their most famous songs include "A Teenager in Love", "Turn Me Loose", "This Magic Moment", "Save The Last Dance For Me", "Little Sister", "Can't Get Used to Losing You", "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame", "Viva Las Vegas" and "Sweets for My Sweet". Pomus often drew on life events which inspired his creativity. It was after a break-up with his girlfriend that Pomus, who had been driving in his car, was struck in awe by the sounds of the car horns blaring amidst his thoughts.[citation needed] Arriving at the studio, Pomus attempted to assimilate the sound of the horns and penned an introduction to a piece he initially titled "A Crowded Avenue". Later, the work progressed with Shuman, who helped finalize the draft.[citation needed] A chorus was added and the name of the song was changed to "Can't Get Used to Losing You", which became one of the biggest hits for Andy Williams
Andy Williams
in 1963. With the advent of the British invasion, they moved to London
where they penned songs for a number of British musicians. After the partnership with Doc Pomus
Doc Pomus
ended in 1965, Shuman moved to Paris, France, where he wrote songs for Johnny Hallyday
Johnny Hallyday
and embarked on his own recording career. One of his hits in the early 1970s was "(Il Neige Sur) Le Lac Majeur". He also wrote a couple of hits in the UK (including one for The Small Faces, "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" co-written with Kenny Lynch), as well as a musical, Budgie (lyrics by Don Black). With the Welsh songwriter Clive Westlake, he wrote "Here I Go Again", which was recorded by The Hollies. Billy J. Kramer
Billy J. Kramer
enjoyed success with another Shuman song, "Little Children". In 1968, Shuman teamed with Eric Blau and adapted the French lyrics of songs by the Belgian
composer Jacques Brel
Jacques Brel
used as the basis of the successful off-Broadway production Jacques Brel
Jacques Brel
is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Some of the songs from the show were subsequently recorded by Scott Walker, including "Jackie" and "Mathilde". Shuman appeared in both the stage revue and the 1975 film adaptation. This was followed the next year with work on the soundtrack of the film Sex O'Clock U.S.A., which is notable for featuring one of the earliest known gay songs, "You're My Man,"[4] while another one of his compositions from the soundtrack, "Baby Come On" (billed under the Sex O'Clock U.S.A. name during its chart run) become a modest hit on Billboard's Disco chart, peaking at number 37 in July 1977. He also did many collaborations with the Israeli singer Mike Brant, and composed film scores, often French movies, including A Day at the Beach (1970), Romance of a Horsethief
Romance of a Horsethief
(1971), Black Thursday (1974), À nous les petites Anglaises
À nous les petites Anglaises
(1976), Monsieur Papa (1977) and The More It Goes, the Less It Goes (1977). Shuman was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame
in 1992. He also worked occasionally as an actor, notably appearing with Jodie Foster in The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
(for which he was also musical supervisor). He died of cancer on November 2, 1991, leaving his wife, Maria-Pia and their four daughters, Maria-Cella, Barbara, Maria-Pia and Eva-Maria.[5] Doc Pomus
Doc Pomus
had died in March of the same year. Awards and honors[edit] Shuman was named one of the 2010 recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun
Ahmet Ertegun
Award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He joined his early collaborator Doc Pomus, who was inducted in 1992.[6] Selected Discography[edit]

"Imagine.", 1976. - Sales: Gold = Gold Record.


"Le Lac Majeur.", 1973. "La Splendeur De Rome.", 1974. "Imagine ( Mort Shuman
Mort Shuman
song).", written E. L. Moro, M. Shuman, 1976. "Machines ( Mort Shuman
Mort Shuman
song).", 1980.


^ "Mort Shuman". www.mortshuman.com. Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2017-03-30.  ^ "New York - London
- Paris - Caudéran: the life of the legendary songwriter and singer Mort Shuman". Invisible Bordeaux. Retrieved 2017-03-30.  ^ Writing credit, Zirkon 45 RPM 7" No. 45-1023 ^ London
Records 12" -L.9, 1976 ^ " Mort Shuman
Mort Shuman
Biography". Songwriters Hall of Fame. November 2, 1991. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2012.  ^ "Congratulations to the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Inductees!". Archived from the original on December 23, 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 


Bloom, Ken. American song. The complete musical theater companion. 1877–1995'’, Vol. 2, 2nd edition, Schirmer Books, 1996. Larkin, Colin. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Third edition, Macmillan, 1998. Stambler, Irwin. Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul, St. Martin's Press, 1974.

External links[edit]

Mort Shuman
Mort Shuman
on IMDb Mort Shuman
Mort Shuman
Dies Obituary in The New York Times, November 4, 1991 (retrieved January 22, 2010)

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Class of 2010


ABBA Genesis Jimmy Cliff The Hollies The Stooges

Non-performers ( Ahmet Ertegun
Ahmet Ertegun

David Geffen Otis Blackwell Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich Mort Shuman Jesse Stone Barry Mann
Barry Mann
and Cynthia Weil

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