Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka will be returning next year to The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages.
The show will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 15. Tickets go sale Nov. 13 and can be purchased at https://getoffthebusconcerts.com/concerts/neil-sedaka/. This show is in support of Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care.
Sedaka, known for a treasure chest of hits including “Calendar Girl” and “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” wowed a crowd at The Sharon in 2016.
Classically trained at Juilliard, his impressive 60-year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the 50s, a tunesmith for himself and other artists in the 60s and a superstar in the 70s, remaining a constant force in writing and performing presently. This is all thanks to the countless songs he has written, performed and produced that continue to inspire artists and audiences around the world.
Introduced to Howard Greenfield by Greenfield’s mother in 1952, Sedaka began one of the most prolific songwriting partnerships of the last half-century that sold 40 million records between 1959-1963. Sedaka soon recorded chart toppers “The Diary,” “Oh! Carol,” ” Stairway to Heaven,” “Little Devil,” “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen” and “Next Door To An Angel.”
In 1964, the direction of American music changed drastically when The Beatles launched “The British Invasion.” Due to his many talents as a songwriter, Sedaka was able to prevail, writing hit songs for such artists including Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, The Monkees and The Fifth Dimension.
Sedaka found enormous popularity in the United Kingdom with the release of a string of critically praised albums, “Emergence,” “Solitaire” and “The Tra-La Days Are Over.” These albums caught the attention of Elton John, who was riding the wave of his own tremendous success. Sir Elton would sign Sedaka to his fledging new label Rocket Records and re-introduce Sedaka to American audiences.
The two albums recorded for Rocket, “Sedaka’s Back” in 1974 and “The Hungry Years” in 1975, became top-selling albums globally. His comeback was further heralded by two of his songs co-written with Phil Cody, “Bad Blood” and the quintessential “Laughter in the Rain,” both reaching the #1 position on the music charts.
“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” was re-released as a ballad in 1975 and made music history by becoming the first song recorded in two different versions by the same artist to reach #1. During this time, Captain and Tennille scored a worldwide #1 hit and the Grammy for Record of the Year with Sedaka/Greenfield’s “Love Will Keep Us Together.” The line “Sedaka Is Back” can be heard as the song fades out.