Mark your ‘Calendar Girl’: Neil Sedaka is coming to The Villages


Neil Sedaka

Sedaka is back. Singer, songwriter, composer and pianist Neil Sedaka, who turned 80 this year, remains an active performer still playing his celebrated pop hits to sold-out audiences worldwide.

Neil will make a stop in The Villages at 7pm Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, 1051 Main St. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 13 and can be purchased at

Get Off the Bus Concerts and Fross & Fross Wealth Management are presenting the show, which is in support of Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care, headquartered in Tavares.

Neil’s career spans 60 years in which he was one of the first teen pop sensations of the 1950s, a tunesmith for himself and other artists in the ’60s, a superstar in the ’70s and a constant force in writing and performing since then, a news release states. In collaboration with Howard Greenfield, he began a prolific songwriting partnership that sold 40 million records during 1959-1963. Neil soon recorded 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.”

A string of critically praised albums—“Emergence,” “Solitaire” and “The Tra-La Days Are Over”—gave Neil a huge following in the ’70s in the United Kingdom. He caught the attention of Elton John, who signed Neil to his fledging new label Rocket Records and reintroduced him to American audiences.

The two albums recorded for Rocket, “Sedaka’s Back” in 1974 and “The Hungry Years” in 1975, became top-selling albums globally, the release states. Two songs he co-wrote with Phil Cody, “Bad Blood” and “Laughter in the Rain,” both reached No. 1 on the music charts. “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” was rereleased as a ballad in 1975 and made music history by becoming the first song recorded in two different versions by the same artist to reach No. 1.

During this time, Captain and Tennille scored a worldwide No. 1 hit and the Grammy for Record of the Year with Sedaka/Greenfield’s “Love Will Keep Us Together.” The line “Sedaka is back” can be heard as the song fades out. And he’s back again in 2020 with his show at The Villages.

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