BREAKING UP

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 reach 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.

Author: Rich Paschall

When the Windows Live Spaces were closed and our sites were sent to Word Press, I thought I might actually write a regular column. A couple years ago I finally decided to try out a weekly entry for a year and published something every Sunday as well as a few other dates. I reached that goal and continued on. I hope you find them interesting. They are my Sunday Night Blog. Thanks to the support of Marilyn Armstrong you may find me from time to time on her blog space, SERENDIPITY. Rich Paschall Education: DePaul University, Northeastern Illinois University Employment: Air freight professional

18 thoughts on “BREAKING UP”

  1. 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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        1. But for all of that, we have something our parents didn’t. YouTube. We can listen to almost anything we can remember (and a great many we can’t get out of our heads,), and the amount of music that we missed, for whatever reason, is almost always available. I’ve found dozens of performers from the 70s and 80s that I had never heard of, and am glad someone pointed them out to me.
          Annnnd we can dig around a bit and find stuff we missed because we weren’t born yet. How cool is that.

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          1. Indeed, that’s very cool. It’s also using the net constructively, which is awesome. Unfortunately, many little ones also have access to material beyond their years to stuff they aren’t emotionally prepared to deal with. That’s my concern, since there are many who use it as a baby sitter in replacement of a tv which had guidelines to a degree. Certain shows weren’t available until quite unquote, adult hours.

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            1. There are videos that are totally inappropriate for young people, but they can get them anytime. They can also listen to music services where the dirty words are not taken out like they are on the radio.

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          2. Very cool. Sometimes I just watch old stuff on You Tube. I often catch interviews with stars I never saw. Some are very interesting. I watched one on Helen Reddy yesterday that was very interesting.

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