So what did you do in high school? Neil Sedaka met Howie Greenfield with whom he would write hundreds of songs, he dated Carol Klein who would emerge as Carol King (for whom he wrote the top ten hit “Oh Carol”), become the lead singer of the group that would evolve into The Tokens, and won a piano competition judged by Arthur Rubinstein. He may not have known it at the time but the best was yet to come.
“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” was a catchy up-tempo number that was just over two minutes of pop heaven. Even though it was a vocal solo, it had a wonderful doo-wop feel to it. His voice had a perfect tone for material like this. He would re-record the song during late 1974 as a slow ballad and it became a top 10 hit for the second time. The song has been covered by dozens of artists since its release but none can compare to the original. It can still be heard on oldies stations.
Neil Sedaka has produced over two dozen hits during his career, but “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” remains his signature song. It may have come from a simpler era, but 52 years ago it ruled the music world in the United States.