Doug's notes:

Neil Sedaka wrote (along with Howard Greenfield) and recorded "Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do" back in the early '60s. Actually Mr. Sedaka had TWO hits with this song - the first time was 1962 (before most of you were born - ha ha!), and the second time was 1975.

My personal favorite was the original 1962 recording. And as described by AMG (an online music guide service,) it was "two minutes and sixteen seconds of pure, pop magic."

An interesting aside is that the background singers were The Cookies, who later became the iconic Raelettes (Ray Charles' backup singers.) Here's the original version: click

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Doug Koempel © 2016
SONG #56

writers: Neil Sedaka / Howard Greenfield
album: Feelin' All right (BOF-94) 2013
artists: the Memory Brothers
  • lead and background vocals: Christopher Jon and Doug
  • rhythm guitar: Christopher Jon
  • piano and bass: Doug
  • backing tracks programmed by Doug
             sequenced on Sonar 3.1 Producer Edition
             VSampler 3; Papelmedia GM 2006; EZdrummer; RealBand
             VI.One; Casio WK3800; Alesis QS7.1; Yamaha NP-V80
  • recorded at: Bird-On-Fire Recording Studio / West Union, Iowa

play "Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do"