In October of 1964 Doc Pomus signed Scott Fagan to a Personal Management and Production Deal within ten minutes of hearing him sing. Scott went on to record for Columbia, Bang, ATCO Epic and RCA and to write book, music and lyrics (and do the lead) in “SOON” (an impassioned anti-music business Rock Opera that Scott hoped would help to “humanize” the music business, that instead got him “banned from the biz”) Scott then designed and founded “BIZRAP” (The Music Business Recovery Assistance Program) which became the model for MAP (The Musicians Assistance Program) and the Grammy Program, Musicares.Through it all Scott has continued singing writing and recording. He is a great talent still waiting to be discovered.
In his own words…”I sailed up from St. Thomas Virgin Islands in 1964, with one phone number and 11 cents to my name. I called Doc Pomus and sang two songs for him in his room at the Forrest Hotel. Doc immediately signed me to a personal management and production deal. That was my first full day in the music business and in New York City.” “One morning I came to Doc with a title “Cry Til My Tears Run Dry.” By that afternoon I was co-writer of a song with Doc and Morty Shuman, three weeks later it was Irma Thomas’s new single and playing on the radio… My Rock Opera “SOON” …was born in the Brill Building out of Doc’s careful explanations of what was REALLY going on there. What I learned about songwriting from Doc, I hear clearly in the songs of my son, Stephin Merritt.
Scott Fagan can be found at www.scottfagan.com