13 March 1939, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Pianist Sedaka began his songwriting career with lyricist Howard Greenfield in the early 50s. During this high school period, Sedaka dated Carol Klein (later known as Carole King). For a brief period, Sedaka joined the Tokens, then won a scholarship to New Yorks Juilliard School of Music. In 1958, the pianist joined Don Kirshners Brill Building school of instant songwriters. Sedakas first major hit success came with Stupid Cupid, which was an international smash for Connie Francis. The same year, Sedaka signed to RCA Records as a recording artist and enjoyed a minor US hit with The Diary. The frantic follow-up, I Go Ape, was a strong novelty record, which helped establish Sedaka. This was followed by one of his most famous songs, Oh! Carol, a US Top 10 lament directed at his former girlfriend Carole King, who replied in kind with the less...
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