Sedaka, Neil

Portrait
Born: Mar 13, 1939 AD
Currently alive, at 75 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Singer


1939 - Born on March 13th in Brooklyn, New York.

1947 - Neil Sedaka was playing the piano for five hours a day by the time he was eight.

         - While attending the Abraham Lincoln High School, Neil was selected as one of the best seven New York high school classical pianists by the legendary Arthur Rubinstein and was awarded a scholarship at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music.

1956 - Sedaka formed a high school group called The Tokens, who were heard by record producer, Morty Craft.

1957 - By the time he was 18, Neil had outgrown the group and went solo, releasing his first single on the Decca label. On "Snowtime" backed with "Laura Lee", Sedaka had multi-tracked his vocals and was one of the first artists to achieve this sound.

1958 - Morty Craft produced Connie Francis singing a song that Neil had written called "Stupid Cupid". Neil played the piano at the session. The song was an international best seller and gave Sedaka his first taste of success as a songwriter.

1962 - Married to Leba Strassberg on September 11th.

1963 - Sold some 25 million records, Neil was riding the wave of international success. However, the "British Invasion" of English groups pushed him and most other male, solo artists off of the charts.

1972 - Sedaka relocated to England and on the strength of strong reaction to his live appearances, recorded two well received albums, "Emergence" and "Solitaire" .

1973 - He was back on the British charts with a hard driving song called "That's When The Music Takes Me".

1975 - "Laughter in the Rain" was released in the United States and shot to the top of the charts, completing a remarkable international comeback.

         - He was the first artist to gain six BMI Awards for 400,000 annual airplays per song.

1976 - Received a Grammy award.

2002 - In November, an hour long program about Neil was broadcast on A & E's acclaimed Biography series. On April 29th, Neil won over a whole new generation of fans when he appeared as a guest judge on the Fox Network's American Idol.

2005 - "Amarillo", a song originally written by Neil 30 years ago, was released by Tony Christie and rose to #1 on the British charts, where it stayed for two months.

2006 - Saw the release of "The Show Goes On: The Best of Neil Sedaka", a compilation of his all-time greatest hits. As for Sedaka himself, he continued to tour to the delite of his fans all over the world.
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