Interested in music at the young age of eight, Neil started playing the piano in school and was voted as one of the best pianists in New York High School. This ignited his passion further and apart from classical, Neil soon started performing rock ‘n’ roll music. He teamed up with Howard Greenfield and the two created the “Brill Building” sound in the early 60s. The songwriting partnership of the two became very popular and during the last half-century they have sold 40 million record copies. Neil Sedaka made his debut in the music industry after Connie Francis sang his written song “Where the Boys Are”, which also became the latter’s greatest hit. Some of the biggest hits of Blues and rhythm stars LaVern Baker and Clyde McPhatter are penned by Neil. The multi-talented artist’s chart topping recorded hit songs include “Oh! Carol,” “The Diary,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “Little Devil,” “Calendar Girl,” “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” and “Next Door To An Angel.”
For himself, Neil penned eight American Top Ten pop smash hits such as "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," "Bad Blood" and "Laughter in the Rain.” He also made compositions to other artists. His pieces were recorded by a large number of rock, pop, jazz, R&B and country musicians. These include ABBA, LaVern Baker, Frankie Avalon, Teresa Brewer, Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Carol Burnett and the Carpenters.
Neil released his record “Emergence” in 1972. The album redefined him as a solo act. Sedaka’s albums “Back” and “The Hungry Years” were top selling records worldwide. With these releases and extensive touring, Sedaka gained a large fan following and immense critical acclaim. Rolling Stone Magazine heralded Neil as “the new phenomenon.” His efforts won him numerous awards and accolades including induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Neil Sedaka’s career and life as a musician, has been presented in a musical called “Laughter in the Rain.” This musical earned exceptional reviews for Wayne Smith’s performance as Neil.
Neil has made an appearance on the hit TV show American Idol as a guest judge. To celebrate fifty years in the industry, Neil Sedaka came up with a CD, “The Definitive Collection” in 2007. It reached number twenty two on the Billboard chart. Returning to his classical roots, Neil composed a symphonic piece called “Joie De Vivre” and recorded it with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. He recently released a new CD “The Real Neil” which features a few of his classic hits. In an interview, Neil stated about his classical music, “The most challenging task for a songwriter is to write a simple tune but still bring an emotional feeling to it.” To watch Neil Sedaka live in concert, Neil Sedaka tickets are a must to have.