WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Neil Sedaka Interview With Songs - November 10, 2004


The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit both on the air and on the Internet. Today, Mike had a telephone interview with singer-songwriter-pianist Neil Sedaka. During the interview, Mike played several songs as performed by Neil Sedaka. Afterwards, Mike played songs written by Neil Sedaka as performed by other artists.

Songs Played During The Interview
Songs Played After The Interview

Notes:

  • "The Diary" was one of very few chart hits by Neil Sedaka that he didn't write.
  • "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" as performed by Neil Sedaka topped the charts in 1962. Since then, this song also charted for the Happenings (1968), Lenny Welch (1970), the Partridge Family (1972), Heaven Bound With Tony Scotti (1972), and Con Hunley (1977, Country charts). Sedaka re-recorded a slow version of this song in 1975 which reached the Top 10 on the Pop/Rock charts and topped the Adult Contemporary charts. The American Comedy Network later also charted with a parody version in 1984, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (a.k.a. Don't Take Ma Bell Away From Me)."
  • "Bad Blood" by Neil Sedaka topped the charts in 1975. Elton John provided backing vocals for this song.
  • Sedaka's cover of his song, "Love Will Keep Us Together," was included on his 1974 album, "Sedaka's Back" (Rocket MCA-463). This song later topped the charts for the Captain and Tennille in 1975 who also charted with a Spanish version that same year.
  • Besides "Should've Never Let You Go," Neil Sedaka and his daughter Dara also had another chart hit with "Your Precious Love" (1983, Adult Contemporary charts).
  • "Where The Boys Are" by Connie Francis was the title song from the movie starring George Hamilton. Connie Francis also charted with several other Neil Sedaka-penned songs including "Stupid Cupid" (1958), "Fallin'" (1958), and "Frankie" (1959).
  • The haunting "Magic Colors," which was written by Neil Sedaka, is one of a number of songs recorded by Lesley Gore that did not get released until decades later. Issued as a single in 1967 (Mercury 72759, b/w "It's A Happening World"), "Magic Colors" received some airplay on New York's WMCA and a few other radio stations but never charted nationally. "Magic Colors" was also included on Gore's album by the same name (Mercury SR61148, recorded in 1967 but not released until ca. 1994).
  • The Sedaka-penned "When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)" by the Monkees was included on the 1966 album, "More Of The Monkees" (RCA Victor RD-7868).
  • Jimmy Clanton also charted with "Another Sleepless Night" (1960) and "What Am I Gonna Do" (1961), both of which were written by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka.
  • "Puppet Man" by Tom Jones also previously charted for the 5th Dimension in 1970.

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