Friday, July 12, 2024

Neil Sedaka Turns 85: It’s Time to Induct Him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Neil Sedaka turned 85 yesterday. I’m sorry I missed the celebration but I was traveling back from the Oscars.

Happy Birthday, Neil. It’s time the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted you. If nothing else, you should be in as an Early Influencer.

Neil had seminal early 60s hits with songs like “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” “Oh Carol,” and “Calendar Girl.” Dayenu! That would have been enough. But then…

In 1974, Elton John revived Neil’s career big time. Sedaka had monster hits with “Bad Blood,” “Laughter in the Rain,” and “Solitaire.” Not only that, he wrote the massive Captain and Tenille hit, “Love Will Keep Us Together.”

Remember when Toni Tennille exclaimed “Sedaka’s back” at the end of that record? Well, he was. His song, “The Hungry Years,” tells the whole story.

Sedaka’s absence from the Rock Hall is a glaring omission. So let’s do it, already, folks!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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