Legendary Neil Sedaka returns to Orleans

Jun 4, 2001 1:39 AM

With scores of hit singles, countless platinum and gold records, and more than four decades worth of recognition, Neil is one of pop music’s legendary pioneers. And Las Vegas audiences will be able to experience his timeless classics at The Orleans Showroom, June 12-17. Tickets are $34.95, $44.95 and $49.95.

It was in 1958, at the age of eighteen that Sedaka was catapulted into stardom after Connie Francis recorded his “Stupid Cupid.” Rhythm and blues stars Clyde McPhatter and La Vern Baker also scored hits with his songs. These were soon followed by Sedaka’s own recordings of chart toppers such as “The Diary,” “Oh, Carol,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “Calendar Girl,” “Little Devil,” “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,” “Next Door To An Angel,” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.”

Neil became a “teen idol” and flew around the world as one of the youngest performers to tour extensively. He studied the styles of music that had reached the top of the charts in other countries, and innovatively combined these styles with classical and pop music.

In 1976, Neil was seen by millions when his television special, “Neil Sedaka: Steppin’ Out,” was shown on NBC, with a guest appearance by Bette Midler. Two more songs of Sedaka’s, “Solitaire” and “The Hungry Years” became top hits, helping to cement his reputation as a songwriting force. In 1980, Neil had a Top Ten hit with “Should’ve Never Let You Go,” which he recorded with his daughter, Dara; this remains one of the few father-daughter songs to have ever made the pop music charts.

The Sedaka legacy does not end there. His release of “Timeless - The Very Best of Neil Sedaka,” which includes both old and new songs, sold over 500,000 copies.