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Neil Sedaka: The Singles 1957-1962 - The Audiophile Man
Title: Breaking Up is Hard To Do Label: Jasmine A multi-talented guy, you can’t deny it. He sang, he played piano, he wrote songs for himself and for others and he even had two careers. Even before Neil Sedaka enjoyed his own hit singles, he was penning hits for others. For example, he co-wrote Stupid Cupid for Connie Francis. Not bad for a 19 year old. He would go on to write for the likes of Patsy Cline, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, the Monkees, Cliff Richard, Wilson Pickett, Vic Damone, Glen Campbell, the Carpenters, Cher, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Presley and Andy Williams. And that’s a severely edited list, let me tell you. In 1958, Sedaka was busy writing songs from an office in the famous Brill Building in Manhattan with his friend Howard Greenfield when he decided to audition for RCA/Victor. He had a US hit with the single, The Diary (co-written with Greenfield and present on this CD, reaching No.14 in the charts) but failed in the USA with I Go Ape (also on this CD, it did well in the UK though) and Crying My Heart Out for You which died a death (but lived to …