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Neil Sedaka

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Neil Sedaka: Solitaire (RCA)

Review by John Pidgeon, Let It Rock, March 1973

WAY BACK IN 1959, Sedaka was a teenage songwriting prodigy. He wrote a love song to an equally precocious girl who worked in the same ...

Neil Sedaka

Profile and Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, April 1973

How Neil Sedaka Added An Extra Chin And Sang His Own Songs Again ...

Neil Sedaka: A Night With Neil

Report by Bob Fisher, Let It Rock, September 1973

IS NEIL SEDAKA for real? It really is hard to comprehend how such a nice guy could ever get involved in world of rock 'n' ...

Neil Sedaka: The Tra-La Days Are Over

Review by Simon Frith, Let It Rock, October 1973

NEIL SEDAKA'S album is a more explicit farewell to his past – the tra-la days are over. Except on this album, where Sedaka's sharp voice ...

10cc: Hottest Band in the UK

Interview by Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 8 November 1973

MANCHESTER, England — "I am known in the business for hype," UK Records president Jonathan King boasted rather than confessed. "Sometimes I hype like hell. ...

Beethoven Rolls Over Again

Report and Interview by Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 23 May 1974

Nouveau Rock Bops British Charts ...

Neil Sedaka: The Tra-La Days Are Back

Profile by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1974

I DON'T NEED to refer to any books or charts to tell you that Neil Sedaka's ‘Breaking Up is Hard to Do’ was one of ...

Neil Sedaka: Packing Up Is Hard To Do

Profile and Interview by John Pidgeon, Let It Rock, January 1975

1. A Stairway To HeavenAs a Brooklyn-born Jewish boy of Spanish descent, Neil Sedaka may have been a typical New Yorker, but he wasn't a ...

They're Not in Love: 10cc Eats Rubber Bullets

Interview by Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 23 October 1975

LONDON — AFTER trying to crack the U.S. market for nearly three years, success came suddenly to 10cc this summer. 'I'm Not in Love', with ...

Neil Sedaka: Second Stairway To Heaven

Report and Interview by Tom Nolan, Rolling Stone, 4 December 1975

AWAY FROM the Vegas casino clatter, inside the Riviera Hotel's now empty Versailles Room, onstage, seated at a piano is a petite, energetic man who ...

Neil Sedaka: Sedaka's Rocket to the States

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 21 February 1976

NEIL SEDAKA does not look like a wealthy entertainer, not even when he's surrounded by the splendour of his rented luxury apartment above Fifth Avenue ...

Don Kirshner: The Pop Factory

Profile by Greg Shaw, The History of Rock, 1982

POP FROM THE production line; that seemed to be the story of the late Fifties and early Sixties. But the production line does not inevitably ...

Neil Sedaka

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music', 2001

b. 13 March 1939, Brooklyn, New York, USA ...

The Hit Factory: New York's Brill Building

Retrospective and Interview by David Kamp, Vanity Fair, November 2001

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I spent much of 2001 interviewing the songwriters, machers, and artists of the Brill Building era for this oral history. It was the ...

Neil Sedaka: The Definitive Collection (Razor & Tie)

Sleeve notes by Gene Sculatti, Razor & Tie, 2007

IT'S ALMOST LIKE A scene from a movie, one of those Fifties cinematic cash-ins about crazy music and hopped-up teens. At a high-school talent show, ...

New York's Rock'n'Roll Rhapsody

Overview by Philip Norman, Mail On Sunday, 7 July 2008

NEW YORK HAS inspired so much of the greatest popular music ever written. London may have its chirpy Cockney ditties like 'Underneath the Arches', and ...

Neil Sedaka Looks Back

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, Music Week, June 2009

IT'S OBVIOUS to anyone with even a smattering of pop music suss that without Neil Sedaka there would be no 'Breaking Up Is Hard To ...

Neil Sedaka on Elton John and more

Retrospective and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Mail On Sunday, 10 June 2017

Elton John loved his songs so much that he rescued him from the recording wilderness. So why did Neil Sedaka, creator of 'Oh! Carol' and ...


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