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Neil Sedaka

With a career which stretches over 55 years and has sold millions of records Neil Sedaka is a most popular American pop/rock singer, pianist, and composer. Upon graduating high school Neil Sedaka and some of his classmates created a band The Tokens. They were popular regionally and had some hits. Finally, in 1957 Sedaka set out on his own. His first hit to get on the charts was in 1958 “The Diary”. This was followed by “I Go Ape” and “Crying My Heart Out for You” however they failed to make an impact. Finally the following year Sedaka scored big with his song “Oh! Carol”.

Neil Sedaka’s popularity grew as did his hits and he kept them on coming in the 1960s.

He had the following hits from 1960 to 1962 “Stairway to Heaven”, “You Mean Everything to Me”, “Run, Samson Run”, “Calendar Girl”, “Little Devil”, “Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen”, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”, and “Next Door to an Angel”.

He regularly appeared on TV programs such as Shindig! and American Bandstand. He also became very popular overseas and made foreign language recordings in Italian, Spanish, German, Hebrew, and Japanese.

His career started slipping once The Beatles had made their appearance and song styles started changing.  The songs he came out with from 1964 to 1965 no longer created such a great stir. Among the songs were “Sunny”, “The World Through a Tear”, and “The Answer to My Prayer”. These songs just about made on the charts but the next ones all were failures. He continued to perform and record and in 1971 Neil Sedaka came out with the album Emergence. This included the songs “Silent Movies”, “Superbird”, and “Rosemary Blue”. This was followed by another album the following year Solitaire. In 1972 he had a successful tour to England.

He found new success in the U.S. releasing the album Sedaka’s Back which included the singles “Solitaire”, “The Tra-La Days Are Over”, and “Laughter in the Rain” which reached number one on the charts.

Sedaka was back and popular again. In 1983 he was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2005 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. He continues to record and keep up a rigorous concert schedule to the delight of his many fans.

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