NEIL SEDAKA – BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO – THE SINGLES 1957-1962

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  • Although he was, in essence, a classically-trained concert pianist, NEIL SEDAKA became the first established Brill Building R&R songwriter to go on and carve out an equally successful singing career.
  • The pudgy-faced Sedaka may have looked an unlikely Teen Idol, but he racked up sixteen US hits between 1958-62.
  • This compilation features all his 45s issued between 1957-62, including his three pre-success collectors’ rarities, ‘Snowtime’/‘Laura Lee’, ‘Ring-A-Rockin’’/‘Fly, Don’t Fly On Me’ and ‘Oh Delilah’.
  • All his early US and UK hits are included herein, viz: ‘The Diary’, ‘I Go Ape’, ‘You Gotta Learn Your Rhythm & Blues’, ‘Crying My Heart Out For You’, ‘Oh! Carol’ (his first million-seller), ‘One Way Ticket’ (a #1 in Japan), ‘Stairway To Heaven’ ‘Run Samson Run’ ‘You Mean Everything To Me’ ‘Calendar Girl’ (a worldwide #1), ‘Little Devil’ ‘Sweet Little You’ ‘Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen’ ‘King Of Clowns’, ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’ (his first US #1 record) and ‘Next Door To An Angel’.
  • Sedaka has continued to reinvent himself throughout his career and still continues to tour and record, although he will be eighty this year.

Track List

  1. SNOWTIME
  2. LAURA LEE
  3. RING-A-ROCKIN’
  4. FLY, DON’T FLY ON ME
  5. OH DELILAH (The Marvels & Neil Sedaka)
  6. THE DIARY
  7. NO VACANCY (I’m Walkin’ Round)
  8. I GO APE
  9. MOON OF GOLD
  10. YOU GOTTA LEARN YOUR RHYTHM & BLUES
  11. CRYING MY HEART OUT FOR YOU
  12. OH! CAROL
  13. ONE WAY TICKET (To The Blues)
  14. STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
  15. FORTY WINKS AWAY
  16. RUN SAMSON RUN
  17. YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME
  18. CALENDAR GIRL
  19. THE SAME OLD FOOL
  20. LITTLE DEVIL
  21. I MUST BE DREAMING
  22. SWEET LITTLE YOU
  23. I FOUND MY WORLD IN YOU
  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEET SIXTEEN
  25. DON’T LEAD ME ON
  26. KING OF CLOWNS
  27. WALK WITH ME
  28. BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
  29. AS LONG AS I LIVE
  30. NEXT DOOR TO AN ANGEL
  31. I BELONG TO YOU