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Neil Sedaka is an American singer-songwriter known for writing hits like "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Laughter in the Rain."
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That same year, American Idol's Clay Aiken recorded a cover of Sedaka's "Solitaire," which made it to the No. 4 spot on the Hot 100 Singles chart. Not long after, Sedaka commenced a 10-city concert series in the United Kingdom. The tour ended in 2006 and was later released by Eagle Records as Neil Sedaka: The Show Goes On—Live at the Royal Albert Hall.
After 50 years in the music industry, in April 2007,
Sedaka released a retrospective album, The Definitive Collection, which landed at No. 22 on the Billboard chart—the first time since 1980 that the famous singer-songwriter had appeared on the chart. That same year, a tribute entitled "Neil Sedaka: 50 Years of Hits" was held in his honor in New York City, featuring special tributes by Elton John and Barry Manilow and performances by artists such as Renee Olstead, Clay Aiken and Natalie Cole. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Elton John AIDS Foundation, headquartered in New York City.
In recent years, Sedaka has returned to classical music, releasing "Joie De Vivre" and "Manhattan Intermezzo," his first symphonic composition and first piano concerto, respectively. In 2010, he recorded both compositions with the London Philharmonic in London, England. Now in his 70s, Sedaka doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon, despite boasting a career spanning more than a half a century.
Neil Sedaka and his wife of nearly 50 years, Leba Strassberg, married in 1962. The couple has two childen: daughter Dara, who has followed her father into the recording industry, and son Marc, who makes a living as a screenwriter. Additionally, Neil and Leba are the proud grandparents of three: twins Amanda and Charlotte (born in 2003), and Michael Emerson (born in 2005), all of whom belong to Marc Sedaka and his wife, Samantha.
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