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UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 13, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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Singer Connie Francis hospitalized

Singer Connie Francis hospitalized

WESTBURY, N.Y., July 25 (UPI) -- Famed 1960s pop singer Connie Francis was hospitalized for high blood pressure this week and had to cancel a performance with singer Neil Sedaka in New York.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 13, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Tuesday, March 13, 2007.
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Today is Monday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2006 with 293 to follow.
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Stars line up to see 'Jersey Boys'

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, actors from "The Sopranos" and three original members of the Four Seasons came out to see the new Broadway musical, "Jersey Boys."

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Today is Sunday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2005 with 293 to follow.
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Neil Sedaka to get top songwriting honor

NEW YORK, May 11 (UPI) -- The Songwriters Hall of Fame has selected Neil Sedaka to receive its highest honor in recognition of his 45 years in the music business. Sedaka, who wrote Clay Aiken's current No. 1 song "Solitaire," will receive the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Dylan wants to be 'Idol' judge

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- Bob Dylan has reportedly said he wants to be a judge next season on the popular Fox network show, "American Idol."

Neil Sedaka is back again

LOS ANGELES, Colo., March 27 (UPI) -- Clay Aiken's rendition of "Solitare" has given songwriter Neil Sedaka his first hit since the Captain & Tennille's 1976 hit "Lonely Night (Angel Face)."

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Today is Saturday, March 13, the 73rd day of 2004 with 293 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include cornetist and bandleader Red Nichols in 1905; Rick Nelson in 1940; Toni Tennille of the Captain and Tennille, and bassist Paul "Sam" Samwell-Smith of the Yardbirds and, later, Renaissance, both in 1943 (age 60)...
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 8-14.
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American singer Neil Sedaka and British Tony Christie perform at Royal Albert Hall in London on April 7, 2006.(UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter often associated with the Brill Building. He teamed up with Howard Greenfield to write hits for himself and others. Sedaka's voice is an unusually high tenor

Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York on 13 March 1939. His father, Mac Sedaka, a taxi driver, was the son of Turkish-Jewish immigrants; his mother, Eleanor (Appel) Sedaka, was of Polish-Russian Jewish descent.

He demonstrated musical aptitude in his second-grade choral class, and when his teacher sent a note home suggesting he take piano lessons, his mother took a part-time job in an Abraham & Straus department store for six months to pay for a second-hand upright. He took to the instrument immediately. In 1947, he auditioned successfully for a piano scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music's Preparatory Division for Children, which he attended on Saturdays. He also maintained an interest in popular music, and when he was 13, a neighbor heard him playing and introduced him to her 16-year-old son, Howard Greenfield, an aspiring poet and lyricist. The two began writing together.

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