Neil Broke Up Twice

Neil Sedaka - Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do

There was a great disc jockey back in the '50s named Dusty Rhodes, who had a line I've never forgotten: "I'd give a sack of tabaccy to hear Neil Sedaky sing one more time" ...sounds kind of weird now, but you had to be there. Neil started writing tunes and then singing them working in NYC's Brill Building while still in High School. He became a very unlikely teenage idol with many hits. Music historian John Hale has the rest of the story. –TDR

Every once in a while, a singer will record a song that, a few years later, gets covered by another singer and becomes a hit a second time around. However, it's very rare when a singer remakes his original hit, and scores with it again. That happened to fifties pop idol Neil Sedaka back in the seventies.

Very early in the sixties, Sedaka scored his biggest hit with the number one classic "Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do." Sedaka largely disappeared from the music scene by the mid-sixties, and the British Invasion and the folk rockers edged him into obscurity.

British star Elton John started his own record label in the mid-seventies, the Rocket Record Company, and one of the first artists he signed to his new label was Neil Sedaka, who still had a following in England. Sedaka, after a couple of comeback hits on his new label, completely re-did "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," turning it from a bubblegummy pop hit into a torchy, sizzling slow dance favorite of the mid-seventies. The new version made it into the top ten of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, and helped to reestablish Neil Sedaka as a popular singer in the seventies.

Neil Sedaka - Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do

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