Neil Sedaka

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1984 (The 1985 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


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Will Neil Sedaka be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Neil Sedaka not inducted? I thought it was a mistake. Not only a performer, but a composer.

Posted by elcheapouno on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 20:48pm


I cannot believe Neil Sedaka hasn't been inducted yet....look at all he has contributed...let's get him to the top of the list.

Posted by alr on Tuesday, 03.25.08 @ 22:53pm


It is a shame so many great artists have not been inducted into this prestigious association. Neil deserves to be inducted as he has made a huge contribution to the world of music!!

Posted by mmd4tj on Monday, 06.16.08 @ 12:58pm


It's a tragedy that such a fundamental figure of the early Rock scene has been snubbed. Not only did Neil Sedaka have a great Rock career in the 60s (w/ hit songs such as "Breaking Up is Hard to Do", "Calender Girl" and "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen"), but he wrote tons of songs for other 60s arists (espcially the Monkees) and he had a great career revival in the '70s with more hit ("Bad Blood", "Lonely Days") thanks to Elton John signing him on his new record label.

Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 14:55pm


In his book "One Train Later" Police guitarist Andy Summers said he was lead guitarist in Neil Sedaka's band when Neil was touring th UK in 1975. This was two years before the formation of the Police.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 15:49pm


Neil Sedaka is a fantastic singer to this day and should have been inducted years ago.

Why has he been overlooked? He's had so many hit songs etc. This is ridiculous - who is in charge of this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - they need to
smarten up and when looking at some of the inductees - please give me a break - some are
pretty bad.

Posted by Sheri Creed on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 14:06pm


Just saw Neil Sedaka in person last night and I assumed he was in the Rock Hall of Fame...when I found out he wasn't....I was shocked....

He's definitely more worthy than maybe 50% of those already there. His list of hits is impressive..one stat that I found amazing was that between '58 - '63, he sold 50 million records...just for that alone, he is worthy...

By the way, @69 he can still sing and he thoroughly enjoys performing....R

Posted by Rich DiPrimio on Friday, 12.5.08 @ 10:07am









Hi Rich DiPrimio " definitely more worthy than maybe 50% of those already there. His list of hits is impressive..one stat that I found amazing was that between '58 - '63, he sold 50 million records...just for that alone, he is worthy..."

I agree

A long with so many others that should be IN that are not IN,, Most of the In's should be IN.. but to many of the In's that got In way before they should be IN and some should not be IN..

But this is Show BIZ and Show Biz sells what is selling today...

YeS TO NEIL

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 12.5.08 @ 19:48pm


Yeah, I like Neil, too...both as a songwriter and performer.

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 12.5.08 @ 19:52pm


I like Neil, too...both as a songwriter and performer.

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 12.5.08 @ 19:52pm


I agree like others I have mentioned,,, He was a leader not a follower in his day.. A real rocker..
Maybe not in look but.. He was a real Rocker and still is today,, beyond Hollywood Hype..

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 12.5.08 @ 19:56pm


Yep. Another guy the Hall is apparently snubbing because somebody thinks he's too corny or hangs out with the wrong people like the Captain and Tennille.

FRH only gives him a 9% chance???!!! How about 49%.

Thanks for the laugh....

Posted by prognosticator on Friday, 12.5.08 @ 20:01pm


Sedaka's omission inthe HOF is further evidence of the irrelevance of this institution. Do the nominators have a frame of reference that begins in the 80's? The recent inductees juxtaposed with the neglect of such slam dunks as Neil Sedaka and the Johnny Burnette R&R Trio is laughable.

Posted by Hoodoo Man on Sunday, 10.4.09 @ 00:30am


Sedaka's omission inthe HOF is further evidence of the irrelevance of this institution. Do the nominators have a frame of reference that begins in the 80's?

Posted by Hoodoo Man on Sunday, 10.4.09 @ 00:30am
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If anything, some of us are asking the exact opposite, namely does the Hall have a frame of reference that only runs from 1950's - 1979. There are already too many omissions from the 1st half of the 80's to count.

Sedaka does deserve a spot, as does the Rock & Roll Trio. They may just get it, but in due time (whatever that may be).

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 10.4.09 @ 06:36am


What a JOKE, Sedaka not in the Hall of Fame...totally mind boggling.....Deserves it more than most who are already in....Look at Roy Orbion . He didnt get in until 1987.....Should have been in yrs before.......PUT him in before he passes away, time is flying by.....I wouldnt step into the Hall of Fame,,,,,,,Elect the right people who really deserve it more than some who already are in..Sedaka should be in .....elected yrs ago....Give me a break.....

Posted by vaughn on Wednesday, 10.7.09 @ 10:00am


Years ago All rock and talent beyond many {A LOT}that are already in... ......

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 11.3.09 @ 22:00pm


I cannot believe Neil Sedaka has not yet been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Apart from being a great singer/performer & pianist, he has written over 600 songs, many recorded by other top artists. Lets put it right ASAP.

Posted by Bob Freedman on Monday, 01.18.10 @ 21:37pm


Laughter in the Rain

Posted by QAZ on Sunday, 04.25.10 @ 12:32pm


I think a strong case can be made for him and his late songwriting partner Howard Greenfield to be inducted in the non-performing category.

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 05.15.10 @ 06:37am


Neil Sedaka in the non-performer category? Do explain Chalkie

Posted by Stefan on Saturday, 05.15.10 @ 06:44am


Well, Sedaka as a performer, to me, has very little contribution to speak of in the influence and innovation categories. But many of his songs (written with Howard Greenfield) became hits for other artists in the late 50s/60s and had a huge impact on the teen idol/pop scene at the time. I feel that he and Greenfield, along with Bacharach and David are the two songwriting duo's that are glaring omissions in the Hall. Oh yeah, and David Porter (Isaac Hayes songwriting/producton partner at Stax).

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 05.15.10 @ 07:42am


It's a tragedy that such a fundamental figure of the early Rock scene has been snubbed. Not only did Neil Sedaka have a great Rock career in the 60s (w/ hit songs such as "Breaking Up is Hard to Do", "Calender Girl" and "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen"), but he wrote tons of songs for other 60s arists (espcially the Monkees) and he had a great career revival in the '70s with more hit ("Bad Blood", "Lonely Days") thanks to Elton John signing him on his new record label.

Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 08.19.10 @ 08:07am



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Posted by Cindy on Wednesday, 12.15.10 @ 01:53am


I am very diisappointed that Neil Sedaka was not inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He is so deserving of it too. He has so many GREAT HIT SONGS and he not only is a singer but a great songwriter not only for himself but for so many other artists. Please put him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.....He has been snubbed too many times.

Posted by Sandy on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 15:22pm


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame does have a habit of snubbing influential musicians. I think Neil Sedaka rates a place in the hall even though I was not totally fond of his music. Nevertheless, he was a proficient songwriter and performer and one of the pioneering acts of pop music.

Posted by Will Trame on Thursday, 03.17.11 @ 17:41pm


Neil Young was the first of "The 3 Neils" to be inducted into the RRHOF, but he was the LAST of the three to achieve commercial success. Neil Sedaka was the FIRST of "The 3 Neils" to achieve major commercial success but he has yet to be inducted let alone nominated. The "second Neil" was inducted earlier this year. EVERYONE KNOWS who that Neil is. MR. "BROTHER LOVE" himself, Neil Diamond

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 07.18.11 @ 20:10pm


No, no, no! Sedaka is only a poor man's Sinatra. Please don't induct him.

Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 11:27am


Nice flooding going there, Robert. But this statement about Sedaka and Sinatra? Are you kidding? Neil's style was nothing like Frank's. Apples and oranges.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 12:43pm


Neil Sedaka is an example of an underrated singer-songwriter. I can't remember where it was but I read a comment by Philip once were he said Neil Sedaka was a singer-songwriter before it was "cool" to be a singer-songwriter. If he had come on the scene 15 years later he would probably be in the Hall right now.

An example of being in the right place at the wrong time.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 12.9.11 @ 07:35am


Neil Sedaka is awful, beyond words - the ultimate in early 60's bubble gum crap. When I hear "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" I run. It is worse than awful. He should not be considered ever!

Posted by Fred S. on Monday, 02.20.12 @ 16:23pm


Holy Moses
He is not in?

Posted by Happy on Friday, 04.20.12 @ 22:22pm


Demand an explanation from the R&RHOF of why. HE SHOULD OF BEEN THERE DECADES AGO!

Posted by vs on Saturday, 05.19.12 @ 07:40am


VS
I agree!

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 05.19.12 @ 23:01pm


Neil Sedaka needs to get in! Doo-ron, doo-ron, di, di, dit, dit, ron ron!

Posted by RDA on Sunday, 09.15.13 @ 15:44pm


NEIL SEDAKA deserves to be in. Period.

(So do the Belmonts & Paul Anka).

Posted by Bill G on Friday, 11.8.13 @ 20:06pm


Neil Sedaka is one of the founding fathers of rock and roll. Elect him now!

Posted by Tom T on Monday, 01.20.14 @ 12:53pm


you get him into the Hall of Fame and his induction will bring down the house! If CarolKing is in, why isn't Neil???

Posted by meg on Friday, 06.6.14 @ 15:34pm


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