Neil Sedaka Net Worth, Nationality, Career & Personal Life

Nеіl Ѕеdаkа іѕ an Аmеrісаn ѕіngеr-ѕоngwrіtеr, multі-іnѕtrumеntаlіѕt, and соmроѕеr who ѕhоt tо fаmе wіth hіѕ ѕоngѕ, “Оh Саrоl,” “Вrеаkіng Uр Іѕ Наrd То Dо ” “Lаughtеr іn thе Rаіn.” Оvеr thе еntіrе ѕраn оf hіѕ саrееr, hе hаѕ рrоduсеd аnd wrіttеn mоrе thаn 500 ѕоngѕ. You have probably heard about the singer, but do you know Neil Sedaka’s net worth and how he made his way in the industry?

If you don’t, here is some insight.

Neil Sedaka’s Net worth is $100 million. He accumulated his net worth through his many hit records, concerts, and as co-composer of hit songs for many recording stars. He also garnered fame from making appearances in several movies, where he played himself.

Neil Sedaka
Date of birth March 13, 1939
Net Worth$100 million
Gender Male
Occupation Singer 
Record Publisher
Nationality United States Of America
Height 5 ft 4 inches (1.651 m)

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Early Life

Sedaka is the son of Mordechai Sedaka, a taxi driver, and Eleanor, a woman of Polish and Russian descent. He was born on March 13, 1939 in New York City, Brooklyn. Sedaka showed interest in music when he was in second grade. 

His choral teacher, noticing this talent, sent him home one day with a note suggesting he Sedaka take piano lessons. This caused his mother to take up a part-time job in order to afford a secondhand piano.

He auditioned for a piano scholarship in 1947, which he qualified for. With his talent, his mother dreamt that he would become a classical pianist. Sedaka tilted towards pop music, to the disappointment of his mother. Later on, she appreciated his talent in the music genre when he gifted her a five-figure check for his hit song in 1961.

When Sedaka was 13, a neighbor listened to a piece he played and acquainted him with her 16-year-old son who was also a music enthusiast. Together, they formed the Brill building composers.

Greenfield and Sedaka wrote several songs together during their youthful days. Rock-and-roll was unpopular during this time, so both drew inspiration from show tunes.


After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School, Sedaka and some of his classmates formed the Linc-Tones. The band released singles like “While I Dream,” “I Love My Baby,” “Come Back, Joe,” and “Don’t Go” until Sedaka left the group in 1957 to pursue a solo career.

Sedaka released his first single, “The Diary” for RCA Victor in the late 1950s. He drew inspiration for this client, Connie Francis. “I Go Ape,” his second single, was a novelty track that missed the Top 40, peaking at No. 42 in the states. Sedaka released other singles after that, all of which charted at some point.

When they weren’t recording their own songs, Sedaka and Howard Greenfield were writing music for other performers. Among them were Connie Francis and Jimmy Clanton. Sedaka also worked as a session pianist during his prime as a pop singer-songwriter. 

Neil Sedaka

International Recordings

Sedaka was immensely popular in Italy. He released many of his English-language albums like “Crying My Heart Out for You,” which was a tremendous hit. In 1961, Sedaka began recording Italian versions of some of his singles, starting with “Esagerata” and “Un giorno inutile.” Other songs on the album were “Tu non lo sai” (“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”), “Il re dei pagliacci” (“King of Clowns’’), and “I tuoi capricci.”

Sedaka also published his songs in Yiddish and Spanish. He also released a single in Hebrew, Japanese, and Canadian French, as well as a few German tunes. Other Foreign countries favored his music and in 1959 and 1961, “One-Way Ticket to the Blues” and “Calendar Girl” both charted at No. 1 in Japan.

Sedaka had several successes in the industry, particularly in the 1970s. In 1983, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Songwriters and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006, he was an inductee of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

Personal Life

Sedaka married Leba Strassberg in 1962. The couple has a son Marc and a daughter, Dara. Marc is a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Samantha, and their three children. 

Dara is a recording artist and a vocalist for television and radio commercials. She also sang the female part of Sedaka’s hit duet, “Should’ve Never Let You Go,” as well as “Angel Queen” from the Queen Millennia album. 

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