Singer. Songwriter. Composer. Pianist. Author. These are just a few of the titles that can be used to describe “Neil Sedaka.” His impressive fifty year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the 50’s, a relevant songwriter for himself and other artists in the 60’s, a superstar in the 70’s, remaining a constant force in writing and performing presently. This is all thanks to the countless songs he has written, performed, and produced that continue to inspire artists and audiences around the world.
“Sedaka” catapulted into stardom after Connie Francis recorded his Stupid Cupid, followed by Where the Boys Are, which would be her biggest hit. Rhythm and blues stars Clyde McPhatter and LaVern Baker also scored hits with his songs. As a result of these hits, “Sedaka” was able to sign a contract with RCA as a writer and performer of his own material and soon recorded the chart toppers The Diary, Oh! Carol, Stairway to Heaven, Calendar Girl, Little Devil, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Next Door To An Angel, and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do; songs that have become a part of peoples’ lives and can instantly take listeners back to special moments. His music became distinguished for a unique recording style involving multi-tracking his own voice.
Among the honors he has received, “Sedaka” has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Popular Music / Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in May 2010, Neil was awarded The Special International Award from The Ivors, honoring excellence in songwriting.
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