1959: Elvis meets Priscilla. HUSHABYE - Jay Black, Vocal





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Published on Nov 6, 2007

Music by Mort Shuman
Lyrics by Doc Pomus ( born: Jerome Felder).
HUSHABYE, a big hit for THE MYSTICS, rose
on the hit parade that November 1959.
At approximately the same time, in Wiesbaden,
Germany Elvis met 14-year old Priscilla Beaulieu, stepdaughter of Paul Beaulieu
whom he met in the Army.
Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus provided many
songs for Elvis beginning in 1960. As far
as I know, HUSHABYE was not one of them,
since it had already been recorded by
Yet, this would have been a great song for
Elvis with which to serenade the young
Priscilla Beaulieu. I wonder if Elvis ever
sang this song in public or privately.
This version recorded by Jay Black around
1968 was well received.

MORT SHUMAN & Doc Pomus (Wikipedia:
"Songwriters Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Profile of Songwriters Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman:

Doc Pomus was born Jerome Solon Felder on June 27, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York. He suffered from polio as a child, which left him to walk on crutches. After hearing blues singer Big Joe Turner, he became obsessed with the blues. He began his career while still a teenager, taking on the name Doc Pomus. He played saxophone and sang in Greenwich Village clubs. He recorded for a variety of labels but wasn't very successful. By the early 1950s he began to write. In 1955, he wrote "Boogie Woogie Country Girl" for his idol Big Joe Turner.

Mort Shuman was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 12, 1936 to Jewish immigrant parents. He studied music at the New York Conservatory and , like Pomus, was devoted to R&B music. Doc Pomus completely gave up singing by 1957 and in 1958 teamed with Mort Shuman to write for the Aldon Music Publishing. Shuman had played piano on some of Doc Pomus's recordings. They set up offices in the famous Brill Building in New York. (Side note: The Brill Building at 1619 Broadway got it's name from the owners, the Brill Brothers, who once had a clothing store in a part of the building. They leased the rest of the building to companies in the music business. By 1962 there were 165 music business in the building and it was a Mecca for song writers.)

The partnership of Pomus and Shuman authored hundreds of songs, specializing in "blue-eyed soul." For the most part Doc Pomus wrote the lyrics and Mort Shuman wrote the music to their songs, but they sometimes worked on both In 1960, they wrote the #1 song, "Save The Last Dance For Me" for the Drifters.

They began writing for Elvis in 1960. They continued to write for Elvis over the next five years however, neither one of them ever met Elvis. Elvis did call Mort Shuman in the middle of the night of June 25, 1961. He was calling for advice when he was recording "(Marie's The Name of) His Latest Flame" because they couldn't quite get the piano line down as Mr. Shuman had written it.


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