Personalities | Neil Sedaka | Fifties | Rock

(Piano, singer-songwriter, b. 1939)

New York-born Sedaka started writing songs as a teenager with lyricist Howard Greenfield. They wrote many hits for Sedaka, including 1959’s ‘Oh Carol’, 1961’s ‘Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen’ and 1962’s US No. 1 , ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’. The early 1970s saw a Sedaka renaissance when he made two albums with what would become 10cc, followed with another US No. 1, ‘Laughter In The Rain’ (1974). 1975 brought a third US chart-topper, ‘Bad Blood’. Sedaka and Greenfield also wrote ‘Is This The Way To Amarillo’, a major hit for Tony Christie.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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