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Short Info

Net Worth$300 million
Date Of BirthMarch 13, 1939
SpouseLeba Strassberg
FactWas named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1994.

Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939) is an American pop singer, pianist, composer and record producer. He is best known for his hit songs of the 1950s and 1960s, including “Stupid Cupid”, “Calendar Girl”, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” and “Laughter in the Rain”.

Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Eleanor (née Witz) and Mac Sedaka, Jewish immigrants from Russia and Romania. He has a sister, Linda. Sedaka began taking piano lessons at age seven and showed an early aptitude for music. At age 14, he wrote his first song, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”, which was published in a local newspaper.

Sedaka’s first big break came in 1958 when he was signed by RCA Victor. His first hit song, “Stupid Cupid”, was released in 1958 and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sedaka’s career took off from there and he went on to have a string of hits throughout the 1960s, including “Calendar Girl”, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” and “Laughter in the Rain”.

In the 1970s, Sedaka’s career slowed down somewhat, but he continued to record and release new music. He had a comeback in the 1980s with the release of his album, Laughter in the Rain, which contained the hit song of the same name. Sedaka has continued to tour and perform throughout the world and has released new albums into the 21st century.

Sedaka has been married twice. His first marriage was to Leba Strassberg in 1962; they had two children together before divorcing in 1975. Sedaka married his second wife, Jean Trousdale, in 1977; they have one child together.

Sedaka has a net worth of $40 million. He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

General Info

Full NameNeil Sedaka
Net Worth$300 million
Date Of BirthMarch 13, 1939
Height1.65 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Multi-instrumentalist, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Songwriter, Pianist, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Oh Carol, Laughter in the Rain, Northfield, OH, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
EducationAbraham Lincoln High School, Juilliard School, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Oh Carol, Laughter in the Rain, Northfield, OH, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States


SpouseLeba Strassberg
ChildrenDara Sedaka, Marc Sedaka, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Oh Carol, Laughter in the Rain, Northfield, OH, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
ParentsMac Sedaka, Eleanor Sedaka, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Oh Carol, Laughter in the Rain, Northfield, OH, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States


NominationsGrammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Oh Carol, Laughter in the Rain, Northfield, OH, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
MoviesNeil Sedaka: The Show Goes On, Playgirl Killer, Neil Sedaka: In Concert, Neil Sedaka: Live in Concert at the Jubilee Hall, Hits from the 50s & 60s: Vol. 2, Elvis: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, Northfield, OH, United States, Las Vegas, NV, United States, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

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1At first, Howie [Greenfield] and I were writing songs that sounded like Gershwin and Irving Berlin, but after hearing Earth Angel by The Penguins on the jukebox of our local sweet shop, I knew what I wanted to do. We were both turned on at the same time because we thought writing rock'n'roll songs would make us look cool - because I played Bach I was never popular. It took some time to convince Howie - he thought Earth Angel was off-key, but after awhile he came up with the goods.
2Many of my songs were inspired by other singers' voices. I hear them on the radio and think: you know, I can write for that voice, that style. But I can top it. It's like a designer. I can take different fabrics from different places. ''Love Will Keep Us Together' was a combination of three different singing styles - Al Green, the Beach Boys, and Diana Ross. I loved all these people and I put their singing styles together and wrote that tune.
3I think that the reason I've been around 58 years, and that I have been writing songs for 60 years, is that the piano is the magnet that draws me. It talks to me and says, 'Neil, how good are you, really? Can you top that last collection?' I try to raise the bar and try something different each time.
4I remember Pavarotti telling me, 'Oh, Neil, after seventy the voice is going to go.' But I've been lucky. You almost have to learn how to sing all over again. You use your diaphragm more. You have to choose the notes and pace yourself.
5My songs are an interesting combination of pip and evergreen standards, with a bit of roll and roll and a bit of theatre. I write in a comfortable vocal range, with my voice at the piano. It's no more than an octave and a couple of notes.


1Release of his book, "Waking Up is Hard to Do" by Neil and Marc Sedaka. [2009]
2Release of his CD, "The Definitive Collective". [2007]
3Release of his CD, "Waking Up is Hard to Do". [2009]
4Release of his CD, "Legendary". [2002]
5Grandfather of twins Amanda Sedaka and Charlotte Sedaka, and Michael Sedaka.
6Wrote the song, "Oh Carol", for his girlfriend, Carole King. The song became his first top-10 hit in 1959.
7He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
8Studied classical piano at the Juilliard School for over a decade.
9In early 1965, at the height of the Cold War, he was invited to appear in concert in Moscow -- as a classical pianist at the 1966 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, not as a rock-and-roll singer! This same competition was earlier won by Van Cliburn.
10Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983.
11Was part of the vocal quartet, called the Linc-Tones, formed by Hank Medress in 1955. When Neil left the group to start his own solo career, the group became known as The Tokens.
12Cousin of Eydie Gormé and Helene Sedaka.
13The song "The Diary" was inspired when he first met singer Connie Francis. They had spent all day going over songs to record and became quite bored. When Connie began writing in her diary Neil asked her if he could read it. Connie gave him a firm "no" and thus the inspiration for "The Diary" was born.
14Close personal friend and music collaborator of Connie Francis.
15Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1994.
16Was part of the famous Brill Building stable of writers, which included Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Neil Diamond and Carole King (Sedaka's former girlfriend) (1955)
17Father of Marc Sedaka and Dara Sedaka




Così ridevano1998performer: "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", "One Way Ticket" / writer: "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"
TohuwabohuTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1997 - 1998 writer - 2 episodes, 1997 - 1998
Picture Perfect1997writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
The Castle1997writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together" 1973
Lewis & Clark & George1997writer: "Where The Boys Are" - as N. Sedaka
Boy Chico: Hulihin si Ben Tumbling1997performer: "My World Keeps Getting Smaller Every Day" / writer: "My World Keeps Getting Smaller Every Day"
Night Fever1997TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hotel de Love1996writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
House Arrest1996writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
The Craft1996writer: "Fallin'"
Married with ChildrenTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1996 writer - 1 episode, 1996
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie1995Video documentary as Neil Sadaka, "Where the Boys Are"
The Oprah Winfrey Show1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mystery Science Theater 30001994TV Series music - 1 episode
Kuolema käy kuusi beessä1993writer: "Ehkä suukon antaa saan Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen"
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City1993TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Beverly Hills, 902101991-1993TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Lo Kolel Sherut1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bullerfnis1992TV Series music - 1 episode
Pyrates1991writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
The Tall Guy1989writer: "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"
Designing Women1989TV Series 1 episode
The January Man1989writer: "Calendar Girl" - uncredited
Queen: Rare Live - A Concert Through Time and Space1989Video writer: "Big Spender/Jailhouse Rock/Stupid Cupid"
Emu's Wide World1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show1986TV Series writer - 1 episode
Better Off Dead...1985performer: "Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do" / writer: "Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do"
Where the Boys Are1984writer: "Where The Boys Are"
Voyage of the Rock Aliens1984performer: "New Orleans"
Emu's World1983TV Series writer - 3 episodes
3-2-11982TV Series writer - 1 episode
Prince of the City1981writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together" - uncredited
Sha Na Na1980TV Series writer - 1 episode
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do1979TV Movie performer: "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" / writer: "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"
The Muppet Show1979TV Series writer - 1 episode
Good Old Days Part II1978TV Special writer: "Breaking Up is Hard to Do", "Since You've Been Gone"
Happy Days1977-1978TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Somebody Killed Her Husband1978performer: "Love Keeps Getting Stronger Every Day" / writer: "Love Keeps Getting Stronger Every Day"
Sextette1978"Love Will Keep Us Together" / writer: "Happy Birthday Twenty One"
Over Easy1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
ABBA: The Movie1977Documentary writer: "Ring Ring"
Chatterbox!1977writer: "Sad Eyes"
Neil Sedaka Steppin' Out1976TV Special performer: "Love Will Keep Us Together" / writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
De ondergang van de Onan1976TV Movie writer: "Oh Carol" - uncredited
The Sonny and Cher ShowTV Series writer - 4 episodes, 1976 performer - 1 episode, 1976
ABBA in Australia1976TV Movie writer: "Ring Ring"
Dolly1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night LiveTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1976 writer - 1 episode, 1976
Super Bowl1976TV Movie documentary writer: "Laughter in the Rain"
The Benny Hill Show1975TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show1974-1975TV Series writer - 7 episodes
The Graham Kennedy Show1973-1975TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Spede show1974TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Partridge FamilyTV Series lyrics - 2 episodes, 1972 - 1973 music - 2 episodes, 1972 - 1973 writer - 1 episode, 1970
It Takes a ThiefTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1970 music - 1 episode, 1970
Sounds Like Us1969TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan Show1969TV Series writer - 1 episode
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee1969TV Movie writer: "I Go Ape"
Playgirl Killer1967performer: "The Waterbug"
Rings Around the World1966Documentary performer: "The Canvas Sky"
The Monkees1966TV Series producer: "When love comes knockin' at your door" / writer: "When love comes knockin' at your door"
Sting of Death1965performer: "Do the Jellyfish" / writer: "Do the Jellyfish"
Hollywood a Go GoTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1965 music - 1 episode, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965
Shindig!TV Series writer - 4 episodes, 1964 - 1965 performer - 3 episodes, 1964 - 1965
Il giovedì1964performer: "I tuoi capricci"
I mostri1963performer: "I tuoi capricci"
Where the Boys Are1960music: "Where the Boys Are", "Turn On the Sunshine"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1960TV Series writer - 1 episode
Strictly Come Dancing2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Who's Doing the Dishes?TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
The Boss2016writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
Vinyl2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deadpool2016performer: "Calendar Girl" / writer: "Calendar Girl"
Legends of Tomorrow2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
OverspelTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Our Brand Is Crisis2015writer: "Puppet Man"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTV Series music - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
The Official Top 50 Best-Selling Singles of the 90s and 00s2015TV Movie writer: "Is This the Way to Amarillo?"
Dancing with the Stars2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Space Station 762014performer: "Laughter in the Rain" / writer: "Laughter in the Rain"
Noble2014performer: "Little Devil" / writer: "Little Devil"
The Dales2013TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Gila!2012TV Movie music: "As Long As I Live" / performer: "As Long As I Live"
Bullet in the FaceTV Mini-Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2012 music - 1 episode, 2012
Sarah G Live2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol2002-2012TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves IGN Podcast Beyond2011Short writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
Rock & Chips2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Getaway2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Haven2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Minami ShineyoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Memòries de la tele2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lost2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sex and the City2008writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
The Wrecking Crew!2008Documentary writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
Får jag lov: Till den sista dansen?2008Documentary writer: "Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen", "Calendar Girl', "Stupid Cupid"
Transsiberian2008writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
Big Love2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry2007performer: "Calendar Girl" / writer: "Calendar Girl"
It Takes Two2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Banished2007writer: "WHERE THE BOYS ARE"
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol2007Video Game "Love Will Keep Us Together"
Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Click2006writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together" 1973
The King of Queens2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hundred and Eighty: The Tour Documentary2005Video documentary short writer: "Is This the Way to Amarillo"
Veronica Mars2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Comic Relief 2005: Is This the Way to Amarillo2005Video short writer: " Is This the Way to Amarillo"
The Simpsons1998-2005TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Peter Kay: Live at the Manchester Arena2004TV Special documentary writer: "Is This the Way to Amarillo"
Starsky & Hutch2004writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
Kelly Key: Ao Vivo2004Video writer: "Medley Anos 60: Biquíni de Bolinha Amarelinha / Banho De Lua / Estúpido Cupido"
Arrested Development2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lisbela e o Prisioneiro2003writer: "Oh Carol"
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Evil2003writer: "Stupid Cupid" - as Sedaka
Perduto amor2003performer: "La terza luna"
Malcolm in the Middle2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
OBLS2003TV Series documentary writer: "Ring Ring"
Jos sais kerran2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
ABBA: The Definitive Collection2002Video writer: "Ring Ring"
Riding in Cars with Boys2001performer: "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" / writer: "Breaking Up is Hard to Do"
Gilmore Girls2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Princess Diaries2001writer: "Stupid Cupid"
Josie and the Pussycats2001writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
Get Over It2001writer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
Stars in Their Eyes1990-2000TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Black Milk1999performer: "One Way Ticket To the Blues"
Tuttu juttu1993-1999TV Series writer - 2 episodes
That '70s ShowTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1998 - 1999 writer - 2 episodes, 1998 - 1999
British Men Behaving Badly1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sweet Nightmare1998performer: "Oh Carol"


Neil Sedaka: King of Song2014TV Movie
Neil Sedaka Says: All You Need Is the Music1983TV Movie
Playgirl Killer1967Bob
Pro of Contra1963TV Series


Lucas Chronicle2017music by filming
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves IGN Podcast Beyond2011Short
Comic Relief 2005: Is This the Way to Amarillo2005Video short

Music Department

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do1979TV Movie title song vocalist


Neil Sedaka: The Show Goes On2008Video executive producer


Secrets of New York2013TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Legends2010TV Series documentary thanks - 1 episode
Smile1975acknowledgment: is heard through the courtesy of Polydor International/Rocket Records


Geraldo at Large2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Today2014TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Good Morning Britain2014TV SeriesHimself
My Music: Doo Wop Discoveries2012TV MovieHimself
The Joy of the Single2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Huckabee2012TV SeriesHimself
Sunset Strip2012DocumentaryHimself
How the Brits Rocked America2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Nation's Favourite Bee Gees Song2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Joy of Easy Listening2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The One Show2009-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Tavis Smiley2010TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2010TV SeriesHimself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Legends2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Loose Women2006-2009TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Live with Kelly and Michael1989-2009TV SeriesHimself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2009TV SeriesHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Neil Sedaka: The Show Goes On2008VideoHimself
American Idol Rewind2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
The View2007TV SeriesHimself
This Morning2006TV SeriesHimself
Long Island Music Hall of Fame's 1st Induction Awards Gala2006TV MovieHimself
The King of Queens2005TV SeriesHimself
Jake in Progress2005TV SeriesHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Songwriters Hall of Fame2004TV MovieHimself
American Idol2003-2004TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Judge
Elvis: 50 Years in Show Business2004Video documentaryHimself
God Only Knows: Vocal Harmony - The Voice2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1998-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Neil Sedaka: The Show Must Go On2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Songmakers Collection2001VideoHimself
Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Surprise Surprise!1995TV SeriesHimself
Don't Forget Your Toothbrush1994TV SeriesHimself
Whale On1994TV SeriesHimself
Queridos padres1992TV SeriesHimself
Guest Night1992TV Series
The Connie Francis Scrapbook1992Video shortHimself
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
Cue the Music1991TV SeriesHimself (1993)
The Howard Stern Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Des O'Connor Tonight1990TV SeriesHimself
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music1989TV MovieHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1988TV SeriesHimself
Star Search1984TV SeriesHimself - Introducer
Na sowas!1984TV SeriesHimself
On Stage America1984TV SeriesHimself
Live from Her Majesty's1984TV SeriesHimself
Breakaway1984TV SeriesHimself
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
Hour Magazine1982TV SeriesHimself
The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll1981TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1980TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Singer / Songwriter / ...
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1975-1979TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Live Wednesday1978TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975-1978TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHimself
The People's Command Performance1978TV SpecialHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1977TV SpecialHimself
Donny and Marie1977TV SeriesHimself
The Val Doonican Music Show1977TV SeriesHimself
The Carol Burnett Show1977TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope's Christmas Comedy Special1976TV MovieHimself
Neil Sedaka Steppin' Out1976TV SpecialHimself
The Midnight Special1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
Saturday Night Live1976TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Mac Davis Special1975TV SpecialHimself
Tony Orlando and Dawn1975TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651963-1975TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself / Him
Hey Brian!1973TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1972TV Series
The David Frost Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself
In Melbourne Tonight1969TV SeriesHimself
Rings Around the World1966DocumentaryHimself
Where the Action Is1965-1966TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Shindig!1964-1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Pianist
I've Got a Secret1965TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Guest
Pão de Açúcar1964Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show1963TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Singer / Piano Player
Juke Box Jury1962TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1962TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Clark Show1958-1960TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest

Archive Footage

My Music: 60s & 70s Slow Songs2015TV MovieHimself
My Yearbook 1960-19632015TV MovieHimself
My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind2014TV MovieHimself


Won Awards

1978Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on January 18, 1978 at 1500 Vine Street

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