Neil Sedaka has a net worth of $100 million as an American singer, pianist, composer, and record producer. Sedaka’s net worth has grown as a result of his numerous successful records and concerts, as well as his work as a co-composer of hit songs for a number of recording artists. Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody were his most frequent songwriting collaborators, with whom he wrote or co-wrote more than 500 songs and sold millions of CDs.
Neil Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 13, 1939. Eleanor, an Ashkenazi Jew of Russian-Jewish and Polish ancestry, was his mother, and Mordechai, a Sephardi Lebanese Jew who worked as a cab driver, was his father. Neil grew up in Brighton Beach, and his choral instructor recommended that Sedaka take piano lessons in second grade, so Eleanor worked part-time at a department shop for six months to pay for a used piano.
Neil was awarded a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music’s Preparatory Division for Children in 1947, which he attended on weekends. When he was 13, Sedaka’s neighbor overheard him playing the piano and introduced him to her teenage son, Howard Greenfield, an aspiring lyricist; Neil and Howard Greenfield went on to form the band, Neil and Howard Greenfield.
Howard began writing songs together and went on to work at the Brill Building in Manhattan as a composer. Sedaka graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1956.
Neil created the Linc-Tones with several former classmates after high school, and they had a few regional singles before Sedaka quit the group in 1957 to pursue a solo career. He received a recording contract with RCA Victor, and his first single, “The Diary,” charted at #14 on the “Billboard” Hot 100 and #1 on the Italian pop charts in 1958. “Oh! Carol,” which hit #5 on the “Billboard” Hot 100 in 1959, was his third hit. Carole King, whom Neil previously dated in high school, was the inspiration for the single’s title. “Stairway to Heaven,” “You Mean Everything to Me,” “Calendar Girl,” and “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” were all hits for Sedaka in the early 1960s. This is his debut studio album.
“Rock with Sedaka” was released in 1959, and he followed it up with “Circulate” 1961, “Neil Sedaka Sings Little Devil and Other Hits” 1961, and “Workin’ on a Groovy Thing” 1969, as well as collaborating with Paul Anka and Sam Cooke on the album “Three Great Guys” 1963.
On September 11, 1962, Neil married Leba Strassberg, and the couple had two children: Dara in 1963 and Marc in 1967. Dara is a vocalist who collaborated with Sedaka on the 1980 song “Should’ve Never Let You Go.” Marc is a scriptwriter.
Neil had a small skin growth removed from his nose in March 2021. In a 2017 interview with the New York Times, “I never really enjoyed drugs,” Sedaka told the Daily Mail. The cocaine made me feel like I was in a dentist’s office, with that horrible taste down my throat, and the smoke made me feel anxious. I’m a drinker. I’m comfortable with a glass of wine and a shot of vodka at supper.”