Neil Sedaka, the classic rock music singer/songwriter, has never been more popular than he is today. Speaking of “Today,” Sedaka definitely is one of the NBC morning show’s favorite guests, and has been for years. So, Sedaka is back, or he will be on Friday, Oct. 25, at 9 am (CST) to talk about the book, “Neil Sedaka: Rock ‘N’ Roll Survivor.” Writer Rich Podolsky’s comprehensive and fun read describes the challenges of Sedaka’s successful 1970s-era comeback.
Published by Jawbone Press, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Survivor” has only been on the market less than a month, so the second printing is evidence that everyone (must, still, unquestionably) loves Sedaka. The book is “expected to deliver its second printing next week,” said Podolsky on Oct. 23, in an exclusive interview for examiner.com.
Two influential supertalents are in large measure responsible for returning Sedaka to the place he belonged in America’s attention: icon Elton John and talented songwriter, Phil Cody. Everyone now knows Phil as cowriter for many of Sedaka’s 1970s comeback hits, including “Laughter in the Rain,” “Solitaire,” “Bad Blood,” “The Immigrant” and “Should’ve Never Let You Go” (which Sedaka recorded with his daughter Dara). For some longtime Sedaka fans, clearly he’s never been gone.
Not only did Sedaka receive maximum acclaim as a performer and songwriter who helped shape early 1960s love songs that have been revisited, rerecorded and covered for the past 40 years, he continues to write and record and tours as actively as virtually any other rock star today. Just check out www.neilsedaka.com for his latest tour dates.
Sedaka touches at least three generations of music lovers. In 2010 Sedaka appeared on the “Today” show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to discuss his (then) new children’s book “Waking Up is Hard to Do,” which was inspired by his grandchildren, whom he called “his three litle bubbelahs.” Even then he included three new original songs at the back of that book. Neil never stops working.
“Today” loves Sedaka as exactly six years ago, in 2007, Sedaka “started singing ‘Breaking Up is Hard to Do,’ on “Today,” which led to one of the more hilarious moments on the show.” Then hosts “Matt, Meredith and Ann started singing along. Al (Roker) started dancing in San Diego, and guests Donald Faison (“Scrubs”) and actress Renee Zellweger got into it too.”
For pop culture fans who cannot get enough of Neil, here’s a link to massive numbers of Neil on various web sites, thanks to Bing.
What’s different in their untraditional interview segments is that Hoda and Kathie Lee have had fun singing along with Neil during their interview programs before. Chances are good that tuning in this Friday Neil’s discussion of the book could include an impromptu singalong. Tune in to “Today” on Friday, Oct. 25 at 9 am (CST) with Hoda and Kathie Lee to find out.