Neil Sedaka

Tim Boxer: Neil Sedaka and Connie Francis at Friars Foundation Gala

06/10/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

“I was a little pisherkeh from Brighton Beach and Connie Francis gave me my start,” songwriter Neil Sedaka said.

He told how Connie recorded one of his early songs, “Stupid Cupid,” and turned it into a monster hit of the late ‘50s. “It was my ultimate kvell.”

Sedaka took to the piano and serenaded Connie with a medley of his signature songs, including “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.”

Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka at the Friars awards dinner at the Waldorf. Photo by Tim Boxer
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