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November 22, 1991 - Image 84

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-11-22

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Music Pioneer
Stays On Track

RITA CHARLESTON

Special to The Jewish News

I

n a career that spans
more than three decades,
singer/songwriter Neil
Sedaka has gone from fame to
obscurity, then back to fame
again.
A teen-age idol of the 1950s
and early '60s, Mr. Sedaka
was engulfed by the wave of
British rock groups that inun-
dated the pop music charts in
the mid-1960s. But his con-
tinued success as a song-
writer paved the way for his
comeback as a performer in
Great Britain in 1970.
Today the career of this
legendary music pioneer is
busier than ever. His latest
album containing all original
compositions is currently in
release in Europe. He is also
negotiating to star in a one-
man Broadway show, similar
to his record-breaking perfor-
mance at the Palladium in
England. In addition, a two-
hour television special based
on his life is set to appear on
one of the major networks
next season.
Born in 1939 in Brooklyn,
one of two children of Mac
Sedaka, a taxi driver, and
Eleanor (Appel) Sedaka,
Sephardic Jews who
emigrated from Istanbul,
Turkey, Mr. Sedaka followed
in the footsteps of his grand-
mother, a concert pianist. He
showed such musical promise
that at age 9 he was accepted
as a scholarship student in
the preparatory division of
the Julliard School of Music,
which he attended for the
next eight years while conti-
nuing his education in the
local public schools.
But even while studying to
be a classical pianist, Mr.
Sedaka was still a teen-ager
at heart, moved by the sounds
of modern-day music and
especially by the newest
music of all: rock 'n roll.
"By the age of 13, I
discovered that I had the gift
of songwriting," says Mr.
Sedaka. "My earliest inspira-
tions came from listening to
a very legendary program in
New York called 'The Make
Believe Ballroom.' I heard the
songs of Patti Page and John-
nie Ray, Rosemary Clooney,
Les Paul and Mary Ford, Kay
Star."

But when rock 'n roll came
on the scene, Mr. Sedaka was
enthralled.
"That was a new kind of
music," he explains. "As a
teen-ager going through it,

Neil Sedaka

discovering it for the first
time, we all began living and
breathing it. So I actually
grew up on the streets of New
York singing doo-wop music.
I even had a group called 'The
Tokens,' which was a suc-
cessful New York City doo-
wop group."
Mr. Sedaka's songwriting
career began at age 13 with
a 16-year-old neighbor,
Howard Greenfield. The pair
became so prolific that, by Mr.
Sedaka's own reckoning, he
and his young partner wrote
"a song a day for three years."
Mr. Sedaka eventually
became a full-fledged song-
writer with his first major hit
when Connie Francis record-
ed "Stupid Cupid" in 1958.
"From then on, I chose to
perform and sing my own

When rock 'n roll
came on the
scene, Mr. Sedaka
was enthralled.

songs," he recalls. He obvious-
ly made the right decision
because from 1958 to 1962,
Mr. Sedaka sold 20 million
records as a solo recording
artist/writer.
During his first years of
singing stardom, he rode the
height of popularity with
such hits as "Calendar Girl,"
"Oh! Carol," "Stairway to
Heaven" and "Breaking Up Is
Hard To Do."
His favorite? "Laughter in
the Rain," he answers
without hesitation. "Actually,
I'm very proud in general.
I've reached the number one
spot on the charts six or seven
times, so really, all those
songs have become very
special to me."
For a while, however, Mr.

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