Monday, November 05, 2012

Record #0166: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do / As Long As I Live – NEIL SEDAKA

RCA Victor 47-8046 (original) USA, Jun. 1962
Words & Music by:  Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield
Musicians:  Side A – Neil Sedaka (vocals), the Cookies (background vocals), Art Ryerson (guitar), Al Casamenti (guitar), Charles Macy (guitar), Ernie Hayes (piano), George Duvivier (bass), Artie Kaplan (sax), Gary Chester (drums), George Devens (percussion), Phil Kraus (percussion); Side B – Neil Sedaka (vocals), Everett Barksdale (guitar), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Lloyd Trotman (bass), Ernie Hayes (piano), King Curtis (sax), Sticks Evans (drums) and an unknown male chorus
Recording sessions:  Side A – produced by Al Nevins & Don Kirshner at RCA Victor Studio A, New York, NY, Feb. 9, 1962; Side B – produced by Al Nevins at RCA Victor Studio A, New York, NY, Jan. 15, 1959
Highest chart positions: US #1, US R&B #12, UK #7

“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” was a huge hit for Sedaka. “As Long As I Live” on the other hand was a prime example on the top notch R&B musicians he recorded with early in his career.

List price:  Very Good + is $7.50, Near Mint $15

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