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Album Review

An odd but delightful survey of Shuman's singing career in France — there's even a cabaret-style rendition (in French, natch) of "Save the Last Dance for Me." Shuman clearly still has a toe or two if not an entire foot in Brooklyn, but the rest of him is under the spell of Parisian vocal music of the postwar (and pre-rock & roll) period.


Born: November 12, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '10s

While either on his own, or teamed with songwriting partner Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman has authored some of the most lasting songs in pop music, including "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "Teenager in Love." Born in Brooklyn to Jewish immigrant parents, Shuman studied at the New York Conservatory but felt rejected and alienated by his peers in Brooklyn. Identifying with the black community in Harlem, Shuman's true musical education came within that area's raucous R&B clubs, where he soaked up the sounds...
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