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Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter often associated with the Brill Building. He teamed up with Howard Greenfield to write many major hit songs for himself and others. Sedaka's voice is in the tenor and alto ranges. is the 72nd day of the year (73rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Artists rendition of the Brill Buildings main entrance on Broadway The Brill Building (built 1930) is an office building located at 1619 Broadway in New York City, just north of Times Square. ... Howard Greenfield ( March 15, 1936 – March 4, 1986) is an American songwriter. ... This article is about Tenor vocalists in music. ... This article is about the voice-type. ...

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Career

Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 13, 1939. His father, Mac Sedaka, a taxi driver, was the son of Turkish immigrants; his mother, Eleanor (Appel) Sedaka, was of Polish-Russian descent. He first demonstrated musical aptitude in his second-grade choral class, and when his teacher sent a note home suggesting he take piano lessons, his mother got a part-time job in an Abraham & Straus department store for six months to pay for a second-hand upright. He took to the instrument immediately. In 1947, he auditioned successfully for a piano scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music's Preparatory Division for Children, which he began to attend on Saturdays. He also maintained an interest in popular music, and when he was 13, a neighbor heard him playing and introduced him to her 16-year-old son, Howard Greenfield, an aspiring poet and lyricist; the two began writing songs together. Abraham & Straus (or A&S), now defunct, was a major New York City department store, based in Brooklyn New York. ... The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory in New York City, informally but definitively identified as simply Juilliard, and most famous for its musically-trained alumni. ...


The best-known Billboard Hot 100 hits of his early career are "Oh! Carol" (#9, 1959), "Calendar Girl" (#4, 1960), "You Mean Everything to Me" (#17, 1960), "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" (#6, 1961), and "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (#1, 1962). "Oh! Carol" refers to Sedaka's Brill Building compatriot and former girlfriend Carole King. King soon responded with her own answer song, "Oh, Neil", which used Sedaka's full name. A Scopitone exists for "Calendar Girl". A similar sharing of creative hits came earlier with Sedaka and singer Connie Francis. As Francis explains at each of her concerts, she began searching for a new hit immediately after her 1958 single Who's Sorry Now? became a success. She was then introduced to Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, who played every ballad they had written to date, for her. After a few hours, Francis began writing in her diary while the two songwriters played the last of their ballads. After they finished their last song of the session, Francis told them that they wrote very beautiful ballads but that she considered them too intellectual for the young generation of the time. Greenfield then suggested to Sedaka a song they had written that morning for another girl group. Sedaka protested, believing that Francis would be insulted. Greenfield said that she hated all the other songs they had performed and that they had nothing more to lose. Sedaka reluctantly agreed to play Stupid Cupid with Greenfield for Francis. As soon as they finished playing the song, Francis told them that they had just played her new hit record. Francis' song reached #14 on the Billboard charts. While Francis was writing in her diary, Sedaka asked her if he could read what she had written. After she refused, Sedaka was inspired to write The Diary, which was his first hit single. Through the rest of her early career Sedaka and Greenfield wrote many of Connie Francis' hits such as Fallin and Where the Boys Are. “Hot 100” redirects here. ... See also: 1958 in music, other events of 1959, 1960 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1959 (date unknown) Jimi Hendrix buys first electric guitar: a White Single pickup Supro Ozark 1560 S. January 5 The first sessions for Ella Fitzgeralds George... See also: 1959 in music, other events of 1960, 1961 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 14 - Elvis Presley is promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army February 6 - Songwriter Jesse Belvin dies in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. ... Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen is a pop song released in 1961 by Neil Sedaka. ... See also: 1960 in music, other events of 1961, 1962 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 15 - Motown Records signs The Supremes January 20 - Francis Poulencs Gloria is premiered in Boston February 12 - The Miracles Shop Around becomes Motowns first... Breaking Up is Hard to Do is a song recorded by Neil Sedaka. ... See also: 1960s in music. ... Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... This is an incomplete list. ... Scopitone is a type of jukebox featuring a 16 mm film component. ... Connie Francis (born December 12, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American pop singer best known for international hit songs such as Whos Sorry Now?, Where The Boys Are, and Everybodys Somebodys Fool. She is known to have one of the most distinct voices in the... Whos Sorry Now? is a popular song. ... == c programming[[a--203. ... Where the Boys Are is a 1960 American motion picture comedy about four Midwestern college co-eds who spend spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ...


Between 1960 and 1962, Sedaka had eight Top 40 hits. But he was among the early 1960s performers whose careers were waylaid by the British Invasion and other sea changes in the music industry. His singles began to decline on the US charts, before disappearing altogether. For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ...


Come the 1970s, Sedaka was reinventing himself. After recording the unsuccessful album in England "Solitaire" for UK RCA, he began working with 10cc, who were co-owners of a successful recording studio in Stockport Strawberry Studios. 10cc produced and played on his album "The Tra La La Days Are Over" for UK Polydor, which jump started the second phase of his career. He then worked with Elton John, who signed him to his Rocket Records label. Sedaka returned to the public's attention with a flourish, topping the charts twice with "Laughter in the Rain" and "Bad Blood" (both 1975). Elton John provided backing vocals for the latter song. The flipside of "Laughter in the Rain" was "The Immigrant", a wistful, nostalgic piece recalling the days when America was more welcoming of immigrants, which Sedaka wrote to contrast the U.S. government's refusal to grant John Lennon permanent resident alien status. [citation needed] Sedaka and Greenfield also co-wrote "Love Will Keep Us Together", a No. 1 hit for Captain and Tennille and the best selling record of 1975. The song, if listened to carefully, reveals the lyric "Sedaka is back" in the coda; Toni Tennille sang this lyric in an ad lib while laying down background vocals. [citation needed] For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... 10cc was a British pop band which achieved its greatest commercial success during the 1970s. ... Strawberry Studios is a recording studio in Stockport, England. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... The Rocket Record Company was a record label founded by Elton John, with Bernie Taupin, Gus Dudgeon and Steve Brown among others, in 1972. ... Laughter in the Rain is a song recorded by Neil Sedaka and written by Sedaka and Phil Cody. ... Bad Blood is a popular song written by Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... Laughter in the Rain is a song recorded by Neil Sedaka and written by Sedaka and Phil Cody. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... These are the Billboard Hot 100 #1 Hits of 1975: See also: 1975 in music, List of Number 1 Hits (USA) Categories: No 1 hits in the United States ... The Captain & Tennille are a husband and wife US pop music duo who achieved success during the 1970s. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... Coda sign Coda (Italian for tail; from the Latin cauda), in music, is a passage which brings a movement or a separate piece to a conclusion through prolongation. ... See AdLib for the computer sound card manufacturer. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ...


It was those hits, plus Sedaka's own stagecraft, that made him a comeback success story. Sedaka was chosen to be the opening act for the Carpenters by their manager, Sherwin Bash. According to the biography "Carpenters: The Untold Story" by Ray Coleman, Richard Carpenter ordered Sedaka fired, which resulted in a media backlash against the Carpenters after Sedaka publicly announced he was off the tour. The Carpenters were a vocal and instrumental duo, consisting of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. ... Promotional photograph of author Ray Coleman, from the back cover of his final book, Phil Collins: The Definitive Biography. ...


Richard Carpenter denied allegations that he ordered Sedaka fired for 'stealing their show', stating in his newsletter that they were proud of Sedaka's success. However, Sherwin Bash was later fired as the Carpenters' manager.


In 1975, Sedaka recorded a new version of "Breaking Up is Hard to Do." The chart-topping 1962 original was fast-tempo and bouncy teen pop, but the remake was much slower and in the style of a Jazz/Torch Piano centered arrangement. Lenny Welch had previously recorded the song in this style in 1970. It reached #8 on the pop charts in early 1976, thus becoming the second artist to hit the US Top Ten twice with two separate versions of the same song. (The Ventures had hits in 1960 and 1964 with recordings of "Walk, Don't Run". Coincidentally, Sedaka's record label boss Elton John would later accomplish the feat twice, with 1991's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" and 1997's "Candle in the Wind".) // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... For other uses, see Tempo (disambiguation). ... Walk Dont Run (1960) The Ventures are a rock instrumental band formed in 1958, by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, two Seattle masonry workers. ... Walk, Dont Run is a ground-breaking 1960 hit single by the Seattle-based instrumental rock band The Ventures. ... Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me is the first single from British musician Elton Johns 1974 album Caribou; it was released that year during the latter half of May in Great Britain, and on June 10 in the United States. ... Candle in the Wind is a song with music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin. ...


Sedaka's second version of "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. The same year, Elvis Presley recorded the Sedaka song "Solitaire". In 1980, Sedaka had a #19 hit with "Should've Never Let You Go," which he recorded with his daughter, Dara. Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1980 Record labels established in 1980 list of years in music // January 1 - The year starts off with a strong disco backlash, which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments in an attempt to distant themselves from anything associated...


Sedaka is also the composer of the popular "Is This The Way to Amarillo", a song he wrote for Britain's Tony Christie. It reached #18 on the UK charts in 1971, but hit #1 when reissued in 2005, thanks to a cameo-filled video starring comedian Peter Kay. Sedaka recorded the song himself in 1977, when it became a #44 hit. On April 7, 2006, during a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Neil Sedaka was presented with an award from the book Guinness World Records: British Hit Singles and Albums as the writer of the Best-Selling Single of the 21st century for "Amarillo". Is This the Way to Amarillo is a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, referring to Amarillo, Texas. ... Tony Christie (born Antony Fitzgerald; April 25, 1943) is an English male singer from Conisbrough, South Yorkshire. ... See also: 2005 in heavy metal music 2005 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2005 Record labels established in 2005 Albums released in 2005 January 1 - In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Albert Hall” redirects here. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Guinness World Records 2008 edition. ... 20XX redirects here. ...


Ben Folds, an American pop singer; credited Neil Sedaka on his "iTunes Originals" album as being his inspiration when it came to song publishing. Hearing that Neil had a song published by the age of 13 gave Ben the goal of also getting a song published by his own 13th birthday. Benjamin Scott Folds (born September 12, 1966, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina[1]) is an American singer-songwriter and the former frontman of the musical group Ben Folds Five. ...


In 2007, Sedaka continues to perform regularly. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in October 2006. Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is an organization located in Lake Grove, New York. ...


A special concert has been planned for October 2007 at the Lincoln Center in New York City, to honor the 50th anniversary of Sedaka's debut in show business. The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ...


Other musical works

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In 1985, certain songs composed by Sedaka were adapted as music for the Japanese anime TV series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. These included the two opening themes "Zeta - Toki wo Koete" (originally written in English as "Better Days are Coming") and "Mizu no Hoshi e Ai wo Komete" (originally written in English as "For Us to Decide", but the English version was never recorded), as well as the ending theme "Hoshizora no Believe" (originally written as "Bad and Beautiful"). Due to copyright issues, the songs were replaced with other music for the North American DVD release. Image File history File links Neil Sedaka - July 2005 Photo by Alan C. Teeple User:ACT1 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Neil Sedaka - July 2005 Photo by Alan C. Teeple User:ACT1 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... “Animé” redirects here. ... Zeta Gundam redirects here. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


In 1994, Sedaka provided the voice for Neil Mousaka, a character that was parody of himself, in Food Rocks, which was an attraction at Epcot from 1994 to 2006. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Food Rocks is a former attraction at Epcots The Land pavilion presented by Nestlé in the Walt Disney World Resort. ... This article is about the Epcot theme park. ...


Personal life

Neil Sedaka has been married to his wife, Leba, since 1962. They have two children: daughter Dara, a recording artist and vocalist for television and radio commercials and son Marc, a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles, California. Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...


Pop culture references

In the Friends episode "The One With the Two Parties", Ross says that he is wearing the same bifocals that Neil Sedaka wears. For friendship, see friendship. ... Ross Eustace Geller, Ph. ... Bifocals are eyeglasses whose corrective lenses each contain regions with two distinct optical powers. ...


In the lyrics to mini-opera "Billy the Mountain", on the album Just Another Band From L.A. it is alleged that some people say Studabacher Hoch "could sing just like Neil Sedaka."[1]


In the Boy Meets World episode "Killer Bees", Allen Matthews is being sarcastic when he says he couldn't find tickets to the Neil Sedaka concert. Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicled the events and everyday life lessons of Cory Matthews, who grows up from a pre-pubescent boy to a married man. ...


Discography

  • 1959 Rock with Sedaka
  • 1961 Circulate
  • 1971 Emergence (UK)
  • 1972 Neil Sedaka (UK)
  • 1972 Solitaire (UK)
  • 1973 The Tra-la Days Are Over (UK)
  • 1974 Laughter in the Rain (UK)
  • 1974 Live at the Royal Festival Hall (UK; live)
  • 1974 Sedaka's Back (USA)
  • 1975 Overnight Success (UK)
  • 1975 The Hungry Years (USA)
  • 1976 Sedaka Live in Australia at the South Sydney Junior Leagues Club
  • 1976 Steppin' Out
  • 1977 Neil Sedaka and Songs — A Solo Concert (live 2-LP)
  • 1977 A Song
  • 1977 Neil Sedaka and Songs
  • 1978 All You Need Is the Music
  • 1979 In the Pocket
  • 1981 Now!
  • 1984 Come See About Me
  • 1986 The Good Times
  • 1991 Timeless — The Very Best of Neil Sedaka (new recordings of old and new songs)
  • 1993 Love Will Keep Us Together (compilation and new songs)
  • 1995 Song Cycle (songs culled from UK albums "Emergence" [1971] and "Solitaire" [1972], previously unavailable in USA)
  • 1995 Classically Sedaka
  • 1997 Tales of Love (and Other Passions)
  • 2000 The Singer and His Songs
  • 2003 Brighton Beach Memories — Neil Sedaka Sings Yiddish
  • 2003 Oh! Carol: The Complete Recordings, 1955-66 (8-CD box with previously unreleased material)
  • 2006 The Very Best of Neil Sedaka: The Show Goes On (2-CD, 46-track career retrospective with 7 "new" [2003] recordings); tie-in with release of new DVD (filmed 12 Apr 06) in London, "Neil Sedaka: Live at the Royal Albert Hall--The Show Goes On"
  • 2006 The Miracle of Christmas
  • 2007 Neil Sedaka: The Definitive Collection (2-CD career retrospective including never-released early-career demos)

The album Live at Royal Festival Hall by Neil Sedaka was released on the Polydor Records label in 1974. ... The Hungry Years is an album by Neil Sedaka. ...

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Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter often associated with the Brill Building.
Sedaka also recorded this song but his version was much less popular than Captain and Tennille's recording of the song, which includes the lyrics "Sedaka is back" in the coda.
Sedaka was born the son of a Turkish Jewish immigrant to Brooklyn and an Ashkenazi Jewish mother.
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Neil’s demo songs were sold to other artists, but he has always wanted to record his own voice.
Sedaka signed with MGM for an album called "The Tra La Days Are Over" and when the label was consumed by Polydor, Neil recorded an even greater hit album, "Laughter In The Rain".
Suddenly, Neil Sedaka songs were in demand and his tune "Solitaire" became a hit for The Carpenters.
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