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Neil Sedaka

"Neil Sedaka" (born March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter often associated with the Brill Building. He teamed up with Howard Greenfield to write many major hit songs for himself and others. Sedaka's voice is in the tenor range.

His best-known Billboard Hot 100 hits are: "You Mean Everything To Me" (#17, 1960), "Calendar Girl" (#4, 1960), "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" (#6, 1961), "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (#1, 1962), "Laughter in the Rain" (#1, 1975), and "Bad Blood" (#1, 1975). Another hit he wrote (which reached #9) was "Oh, Carol", which subtly references former girlfriend Carole King. She soon responded with her song, "Oh, Neil", which directly references his song (and his full name).

Sedaka and Greenfield also wrote "Love Will Keep Us Together", a No. 1 hit for The Captain and Tennille and the best selling record of 1975. Sedaka also recorded this song but his version was much less popular than Captain and Tennille's recording of the song, which includes the lyrics "Sedaka is back" in the coda.

Sedaka was born to a Turkish Jewish immigrant to Brooklyn and an Ashkenazi Jewish mother. He began performin...

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