Neil Sedaka

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New York city blues,
In order to win, you gotta lose.
Old before your time,
The dirt and the grime
Get into everything.
And the papers love to say
It's the meanest town in the USA,
But I think it's OK, it's the town I've made my home

Neil Sedaka, 'New York City Blues'

Neil Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 13th 1939, to Jewish parents Mac and Eleanor who were of Turkish and Russian descent. Sedakas career has spanned 57 years, during which time he has sold millions of records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs for either himself or other artists, collaborating mostly with lyricist Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody.