On "The Bottomless Pit" tonight at 10, a one-hour salute to one of the greatest of the greats, songwriter Doc Pomus (1925-1991, born Jerome Solon Felder). I had great respect and admiration for Doc and was a friend of his for many years. He wrote and co-wrote some of the best and most beloved songs of all time, and lived a life that was absolutely epic. I encourage you to see, as soon as you can, the outstanding movie "AKA Doc Pomus," directed by Peter Miller and Will Hechter and edited by Amy Linton. If you enjoy books, there's the great biography Lonely Avenue by Alex Halberstadt, which is a real spellbinder.
Immediately following FUV's live broadcast of St. Vincent from Celebrate Brooklyn tonight, "The Bottomless Pit" will be joined in progress. Although tonight's show will be truncated, abridged, etc., due to the concert, it will be a repeat of a tribute that I did for drummer Scott Asheton, who passed away on March 14, 2014. It's one of my favorite shows of all and features some of the greatest rock music of all time by The Stooges, the Scott Morgan Band, Sonic's Rendezvous Band and Dark Carnival. I keep my mouth completely closed until the very last couple minutes of the show.
"At Last" by Etta James— is it humanly possible to not love that record? I'll bet that there's not one living person who's heard that record who doesn't love it. Besides Etta, or I should say "along with Etta," the person who deserves the most credit for making that record the work of art that it is would be arranger Riley Hampton, a real unsung hero of popular music. For a couple of decades he made the world a more beautiful place, lending his artistry to a ton of classic hit records, many of which are lifelong favorites of mine. The focus of tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 will be a tribute to Riley Hampton, featuring Jerry Butler, Etta James, Dee Clark and many other legends.
For most of tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, we'll hear the music of the now late Charlie Haden, and the now late Tomas Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, who of course both passed away back on July 11. True, I acknowledged them both last week and played some of their music, but it wasn't enough, not for me anyway. In between hearing from these two great and now departed souls, we'll hear a little bit from Somi, Vintage Trouble and of course much much more.
One of my longtime favorite musical artistes is the late songwriter and record maker Lee Hazlewood, originator of wall-of-sound type recordings, writer of "Some Velvet Morning," etc. I'd planned to do a full-hour salute to him this week, but now it will be a less than full-hour salute because of two things that must be acknowleged: last week's passing of Charlie Haden and Tomas Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone. We'll hear from both of them this week, and next week ... and next week.