It’s Hard To Do, Rich Paschall

Do do do
Down dooby doo down down
Comma, comma, down dooby doo down down
Comma, comma, down dooby doo down down
Breaking up is hard to do

You tell me that you’re leavin’
I can’t believe it’s true
Girl, there’s just no livin’ without you

Neil Sedaka scored twice with a song about breaking up, using different opening lyrics each time out. The first song was released in June of 1962 while the “Doo Wop” era of music was still alive. The background vocals are by a little-known female group, The Cookies.  The song was co-written by Sedaka and Howard Greenfield.

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do is Sedaka’s biggest hit among his many hit songs.  It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and was, in fact, a hit all over the world. The text was translated to many languages and Sedaka recorded an Italian version.

Neil Sedaka

Lenny Welch, known best for his 1963 hit “Since I Fell For You,” originally released the slower version which reached number 34 on the charts in 1970.  Sedaka scored big with his 1975 slow version which hit the top 10 in February 1976.  It was reported to be only the second time an artist hit the Top Ten with two versions of the same song.

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19 replies

  1. Reblogged this on rjptalk and commented:

    Neil Sedaka hit the charts twice with two versions of the same song. Be sure to click on “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY to listen and enjoy.


  2. I remember it well Rich.
    Leslie 🙂

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  3. I remember those too. Word. For. Word. Songs for slow dancing. No, I didn’t. No one asked me. (sad face)

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  4. Rich, thanks for the back story on “Breaking Up”. It got lots of plays on juke boxes when I was a teen.

    I can hear Lennie Welch singing “Since I Fell For You”. Another goodie from the old days. Songs for slow-dancing. No, I didn’t. Too shy.

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