Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fast facts on Neil Sedaka

* Born March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn

* Singer, songwriter, pianist

* One of his earliest Billboard hits was "Oh Carol!" which was written for his then girlfriend singer-songwriter Carole King. The song made it to number 9 on the Billboard charts in 1959.

* Co-wrote with songwriter Howard Greenfield, the Connie Francis hit "Where the boys are" in 1960.

* His most famous hits include "Calendar Girl" (1961), "Breaking is hard to do" (1962), "Laughter in the rain" (1975). He had a hit again with a slower version of "Breaking up is hard to do"(1976)

* He teamed up again with Howard Greenfield to write Captain and Tenille's hit "Love will keep us together" in 1975.

* He wrote "Solitaire" which became a big hit for the Carpenters in 1975.

* Has a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

* Has been married to wife Leba since 1962 and they have 2 children.

* He still keeps up a very active performing schedule.

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