Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Save the Last Dance for Me

The guys at the Powerline blog, in addition to providing thoughtful political analysis, also supply some interesting background on singers and songwriters.  For example, yesterday Scott Johnson wrote about the songwriter Doc Pomus (Jerome Felder) who wrote "Save the Last Dance for Me," the song that became a hit for the Drifters :

Doc had been crippled by polio as a kid. His polio played a role in the writing of "Save the Last Dance For Me." In his New York Times review of Alex Halberstadt's 2007 biography of Pomus, Alan Light explains:
[His] crowning achievement was the Drifters' sublime "Save the Last Dance for Me." In a story straight out of Hollywood, Pomus actually wrote the lyrics on the back of an invitation to his own wedding, remembering how it felt to watch his bride dance with his brother, knowing that he himself was unable to navigate a dance floor. "Under his pen," Halberstadt writes, "the simple declaration of love he set out to write wavered, giving way to vulnerability and fear."
I'll never listen to that song the same way again.

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