Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee will host iconic singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka Sunday, April 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $70 and can be purchased at the casino or by calling (800) 218-0007. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
During the course of his impressive 60-year career, Sedaka was one of the first teen pop sensations of the 1950s, a successful songwriter for himself and other artists in the 1960s, and a superstar in the 1970s. Today, he remains a constant force in writing and performing.
Sedaka catapulted to stardom after Connie Francis recorded his “Stupid Cupid.” She then sang the theme song Sedaka and Howard Greenfield had written for the 1960 MGM spring break classic, “Where the Boys Are,” which would be her biggest hit. Rhythm and blues stars Clyde McPhatter and LaVern Baker also scored hits with his songs. As a result, Sedaka was able to sign a contract with RCA as a writer and performer of his own material, recording chart toppers “The Diary,” “Oh! Carol,” ” Stairway to Heaven,” “Calendar Girl,” “Little Devil,” “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,” “Next Door To An Angel,” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.”
When the British Invasion made it difficult for male solo artists to succeed, Sedaka prevailed as a songwriter, penning hit songs for such artists as Frank Sinatra (“The Hungry Years”), Elvis Presley (“Solitaire”), Tom Jones (“Puppet Man”), The Monkees (“When Love Comes Knocking At Your Door”), and The Fifth Dimension (“Workin’ on a Groovy Thing”).
Elton John signed Sedaka to his Rocket Records label and began to re-introduce Sedaka to American audiences in the 1970s. The two albums he recorded for Rocket Records, “Sedaka’s Back” in 1974 and “The Hungry Years” in 1975, both became top selling albums around the world. Two of his songs co-written with Phil Cody, “Bad Blood” and the quintessential “Laughter in the Rain,” both reached number one on the music charts. “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” was re-released as a ballad in 1976, and made music history when it reached number one on the charts, becoming the first song recorded in two different versions by the same artist to achieve that feat. During this time, Sedaka also helped to launch the career of the Captain and Tennille with their version of his “Love Will Keep Us Together,” which was a worldwide number one hit and won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
In addition to his extensive worldwide tour schedule, he recently released “I Do It For Applause”, a CD of 12 new Sedaka songs and the official release of “Joie De Vivre”
About Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee
Open 24/7; 365 days a year, Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee is Southwest Florida’s premier gaming and entertainment destination. The 51,000-square-foot plus casino offers 1,300 slots, including Tarzan, Wheel of Fortune and Crazy Money, and 38 live table games including Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, Blackjack Switch and Spanish 21. Dining options include the award-winning 1st Street Deli, Asian fusion restaurant Lucky Mi Noodle House, and The EE-TO-LEET-KE (“The Camp”) Grill. Nightly entertainment is highlighted by the Zig Zag lounge, home of the Zig Zag Girlz, “where the party never ends” featuring nightly live entertainment and no last call. Additional entertainment and events are held at the Seminole Center, an indoor/outdoor special event center featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting system designed by Technomedia Solutions. The new Seminole Casino Hotel is the first upscale hotel to open in or near Immokalee and offers suites and deluxe guestrooms with modern décor and features, plus amenities including a swimming pool with adjacent private Seminole Chickee cabana huts, 24-hour fitness studio, free Wi-Fi, and desk concierge services.