Happy Birthday to Neil Sedaka, who turns 75 today (March 13th)! Sedaka is best known for his string of hits in the early 1960's and again during his mid-'70s comeback. His legendary hits, most of which were written with his early lyricist, the late Howard Greenfield, include "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," "Oh! Carol," "Calendar Girl," "Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen," "Love Will Keep Us Together" -- which was later a hit for the Captain & Tennille -- and "Where The Boys Are," which was a hit for Connie Francis. His two 1975 chart-toppers, "Laughter In The Rain" and "Bad Blood" were written with lyricist Phil Cody.
In 2010, Sedaka released his first new collection of pop songs in over a decade called The Music Of My Life. Highlights on the album include "Right Or Wrong," which Sedaka wrote when he was 16-year-old with Howard Greenfield. For the newly-written Salsa number, "Do You Remember?," Sedaka teamed up with old friend and Grammy Award winning producer David Foster.
Sedaka, who's been playing classical piano and performing since childhood, says he always knew he would end up on the stage: "I always wanted to be a star. My mother told me I was perfect. I believed her. And I worked very hard and I was influenced by other great songwriters and singers. I think that creativity bounces off each other. You have to listen to other people to really be inspired. There's no original melodies or lyrics anymore."
April 12 - Riverside, IA - Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
April 13 - Larchwood, IA - Grand Falls Casino Resort
April 25, 26 - Oklahoma City, OK - Civic Center Music Hall
May 8, 10 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Symphony
May 15 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
May 16 - North Bethesda, MD - Music Center at Strathmore
May 31 - Omaha, NE - Peter Kiewit Concert Hall
June 1 - Omaha, NE - Peter Kiewit Concert Hall
June 6 - Stateline, NV - Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
July 12 - Biloxi, MS - IP Casino Resort & Spa
July 19 - Ocean Grove, NJ - The Great Auditorium
August 2 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama
September 11, 12 - Niagra Falls, ON - Fallsview Casino Resort
December 6, 7 - Palm Desert, CA - McCallum Theatre
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