Hi, Neil Sedaka has had so many hit records, they could fill a page, not to mention the songs he has written through the years. The Tokens have their big hits also, along with producing hits for other great groups of the 1960’s (see The Tokens post). Neil Sedaka came from a doo-wop background. He was trained in classical music, but composed over 1,000 pop songs along with co-writer Howard Greenfield. Neil charted 30 hit records on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1958 and 1980. He remains active and is still recording.
In 1956, the Brooklyn, New York native formed the Linc-Tones. They performed on street corners and auditioned for Morey Croft’s Melba Records. They were accepted and booked into the rehearsal hall to practice. It was a this time that Neil was asked to play chimes on The Willows big hit record, CHURCH BELLS MAY RING.
When the Linc-Tones went to the studio, they cut WHILE I DREAM a ballad that featured Neil on the lead vocal. The other side of the record was a rock number, I LOVE MY BABY that featured Hank Medress singing the lead. Both songs were written by Sedaka/Greenfield. When the record was released the group’s name was changed to The Tokens. Morey Croft promoted the single and was able to get some airplay around New York, but the single failed to create national attention and did not chart. There were no other single records, Neil left to pursue a solo career and The Tokens would re-group and go on to a very successful career of their own.
WHILE I DREAM / I LOVE MY BABY from 1956 are two Lost Gold sides that began the careers of two great individual acts…LOST GOLD JUKEBOX…IS PROUD TO PRESENT BOTH SIDES OF THIS CLASSIC EARLY RECORDING…FROM,”THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”‘
Till the next time—Joe