MORT SHUMAN (November 12, 1938 – 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
Further information: List of songs written by
Doc Pomus and Mort
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">
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. 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 in 1963.
With the advent of the
British invasion , they moved to
they penned songs for a number of British musicians. After the
Doc Pomus ended in 1965, Shuman moved to Paris,
France, where he wrote songs for
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
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
Jacques Brel used as the basis of the
successful off-Broadway production
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," 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 Hebrew singer
Mike Brant , and
composed film scores, often French movies, including A Day at the
Romance of a Horsethief (1971), Black Thursday (1974),
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
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (for which he was also
He died of cancer on November 2, 1991, leaving his wife, Maria-Pia
and their four daughters, Maria-Cella, Barbara, Maria-Pia and
Doc Pomus had died in March of the same year.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Shuman was named one of the 2010 recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun
Award from the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . He joined his early
collaborator Doc Pomus, who was inducted in 1992.
* "Imagine .", 1976. - Sales: Gold =
Gold Record .
* "Le Lac Majeur .", 1973.
* "La Splendeur De Rome .", 1974.
* "Imagine (
Mort Shuman song) .", written E. L. Moro, M. Shuman,
* "Machines (
Mort Shuman song) .", 1980.
* ^ "Mort Shuman". www.mortshuman.com. Archived from the original
on 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
* ^ "De New York à Londres, Paris et Caudéran : le parcours
incroyable du musicien Mort Shuman". Le Bordeaux Invisible (in
French). Retrieved 2017-03-30.
* ^ Writing credit, Zirkon 45 RPM 7" No. 45-1023
London Records 12" -L.9, 1976
* ^ "
Mort Shuman Biography". Songwriters Hall of Fame. November 2,
1991. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011. Retrieved April 16,
* ^ "Congratulations to the 2010 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,
* Stambler, Irwin. Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul, St. Martin's