Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy birthday to Neil Sedaka, great performer and songwriter

Neil Sedaka started a bit before my time.

Nevertheless, I came to appreciate his songs a bit later.

I've always loved "bouncy Top 40" songs! They are so much fun to sing!

Happy # 70 to Sedaka!

He had big hits in that time frame between Elvis and The Beatles.

Like many artists, Sedaka faded in the 1960's. They just couldn't keep up with The Beatles and the so called British Invasion of the US pop charts.

He did have a huge comeback in the mid-1970's as a performer and songwriter.

His early big hits include "Oh Carol", "Breaking up is hard to do" and "Happy birthday sweet 16".

In the 1970's, he wrote "Laughter in the Rain", and "The Immigrant".

"Love Will Keep Us Together", a No. 1 hit for Captain and Tennille was the best-selling record of 1975.

Great performer, great songwriter!

It's hard to pick a favorite. Sedaka did have a flair for writing very romantic songs.

Nevertheless, here are 3 of my favorites:

"The Diary": This is the classic teen love story. This is about the young man who wonders what a girl is writing in her diary;

"Next door to an angel": This is a story that we can all relate to. This is about the guy who discovers that the girl next door isn't "a little girl" anymore; and,

"Laughter in the rain": a huge hit from the 1970's:




Last, but not least, this is just super. The Bee Gees salute Neil Sedaka with their version of "Happy birthday sweet 16":



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