Neil Sedaka

Breakin' Up is Hart to Do
#1 in 1962


Neil Sedaka was born on March 13, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in an apartment in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. He is a cousin of singer Eydie Gorme. After graduating in 1956 from Lincoln High School, Sedaka and some of his classmates formed a band called The Tokens. Sedaka left the Tokens in 1957 for a solo career and in 1961 they had a #1 hit with "A Lion Sleeps Tonight" His first decent hit was "Oh! Carol", dedicated to his then-girlfriend and fellow pop star, Carole King, it made it's way to # 9. Sedaka kept churning out new hits from 1960 to 1962. The best known are "Stairway to Heaven" (#9, 1960); "Calendar Girl" (#4, 1961); "Little Devil" (#11, 1961); "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" (#6, 1961); his signature song, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (#1, 1962); and "Next Door to an Angel" (#5, 1962. He has been married to his wife, Leba (Strassberg), since 1962.
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