The Life And Times Of Neil Sedaka Part Eight
I’m now doing The Life And Times Of Neil Sedaka Part Eight, and it’s so great when the person you are blogging is Neil himself. please relax, read my blog and listen to his album.
Reissue of RCA-era Recordings
Throughout the 1970s, Sedaka‘s former record company, RCA, reissued his 1960s-era songs on compilation LPs on the RCA Victor and RCA Camden labels, a practice which continues to this day. The idea was to capitalize on Sedaka‘s newfound popularityby making his RCA-era recordings available to younger generations of fans.
Sedaka also released a final album of new material with RCA, consisting of a live concert he gave in Sydney. The album was released on the RCA International labelin Australia and Europe as Neil Sedaka on Stage in 1974. It saw a US release onthe RCA Victor label in 1976 as Sedaka Live in Australia. The album‘s songs weremostly cover versions of rock and pop songs from the previous 25 years, such as“Proud Mary“, “Everything Is Beautiful“ and “The Father of Girls“.
For decades, RCA and Sedaka have disputed the ownership rights of Sedaka‘soriginal master tapes from his late 1950s/early 1960s hits. RCA has releasedvarious repackagings of his old hits, prompting Sedaka to rerecord his old hitsand make them sound as close and authentic to the originals as possible.
1980s and 1990s
Sedaka released one final album with Elektra— Neil Sedaka: Now in 1981. None ofthe songs on this album made any significant waves on the pop music charts.
During this time, Sedaka lost his father to cancer. Sedaka‘s mother and father hadmoved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the 1970s. Mac Sedaka had a tumor in hiscolon, and had it surgically removed. After that, they thought he would recover,but the cancer had spread to his bones. Neil was at his bedside singing hisfather‘s favorite song, “Pictures From The Past“ (a song he had recorded twice, in1965 and 1981), when his father briefly awoke from his coma and then died a momentlater, on June 6, 1981.
Meanwhile, due to the failure of “Now“, Sedaka left Elektra and signed with CurbRecords. Sedaka recorded two albums on the Curb label— Come See About Me in 1983and The Good Times in 1986. Both of these albums fared poorly on the charts and insales, with only modest success for the singles released from those albums. After1986, Sedaka was once again left without a record label.
He then created his own music label, ensuring that his catalog of hits would findthe marketplace, and he released occasional CDs of self-produced new, originalmaterial. He also proved to be a popular concert draw on both sides of theAtlantic Ocean, performing for thousands of adoring fans. To this day, hemaintains a rigorous tour schedule.