Singer, songwriter, and pianist Neil Sedaka enjoyed two distinct periods of commercial success in two slightly different styles of pop music: first, as a teen pop star in the late '50s and early '60s, then as a singer of more mature pop/rock in the '70s. In both phases, Sedaka, a classically trained pianist, composed the music for his hits, which he sang in a boyish tenor. And throughout, even when his performing career was at a low ebb, he served as a songwriter for other artists, resulting in a string of hits year in and year out, whether recorded by him or someone else.

 For himself, he wrote eight U.S. Top Ten pop hits, including the chart-toppers "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," "Laughter in the Rain," and "Bad Blood." The most successful cover of one of his compositions was Captain & Tennille's recording of "Love Will Keep Us Together," another number one.

 Over the years his songs were recorded by a wide range of pop, rock, country, R&B, and jazz performers including ABBA, Frankie Avalon, LaVern Baker, Shirley Bassey, Teresa Brewer, Carol Burnett, Glen Campbell, the Carpenters, Nick Carter, David Cassidy, Cher, Petula Clark, Richard Clayderman, Patsy Cline, Rosemary Clooney, Sheryl Crow, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, John Davidson, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, the 5th Dimension, the Four Seasons, Connie Francis, Crystal Gayle, Lesley Gore, the Happenings, Engelbert Humperdinck, Wanda Jackson, Jan & Dean, Tom Jones, Carole King, Earl Klugh, Peggy Lee, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Tony Martin, Johnny Mathis, Susannah McCorkle, Clyde McPhatter, Mandy Moore, Nana Mouskouri, Maria Muldaur, the Monkees, Jim Nabors, Wayne Newton, Jane Olivor, Donny Osmond, Patti Page, the Partridge Family, Bernadette Peters, Wilson Pickett, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, the Searchers, Sha Na Na, Kay Starr, John Travolta, Dinah Washington, Andy Williams, and Glenn Yarbrough, among many others. *

* from AllMusic by William Ruhlmann




Neil Sedaka


March 13, 1939 Brooklyn, New York, U.S.







Singer-songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer

Instruments Vocals, Multiple instruments


RCA Victor Records, MGM Records, Polydor Records, Rocket Records,

Elektra Records, Razor & Tie Records


Been There Done That Lyrics
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Lyrics
Calendar Girl Lyrics
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen Lyrics
It Hurts To Be In Love Lyrics
Laughter In The Rain Lyrics
Little Devil Lyrics
Love Will Keep Us Together Lyrics
Next Door To An Angel Lyrics
Number One With A Heartache Lyrics
Oh! Carol Lyrics
One Way Ticket [To The Blues] Lyrics
Our Last Song Together Lyrics
Ring A Rockin' Lyrics
  Run Samson Run Lyrics
Solitaire Lyrics
Stairway To Heaven Lyrics
Standing On The Inside Lyrics
That's When The Music Takes Me Lyrics
The Hungry Years Lyrics
The Immigrant Lyrics
The Other Side Of Me Lyrics
Wheelin' West Virginia Lyrics
Should Have Never Let You Go  with Dara Sedaka Lyrics
Bad Blood  with Elton John Lyrics
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do with Paul Anka Lyrics


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