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Out of all the songs Neil Sedaka recorded, most folks agree that "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" is his "signature tune" - meaning it's the one song he's most identified with.
Sedaka recorded it twice - first in 1962 and again in 1975 - and it was a smash hit both times... even though the two "arrangements" differed greatly from one another.
The 1975 version - which came out during my teen years - was first conceived as a pop tune. But Sedaka ended up recording it as a ballad. In that slow-song format, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" peaked at No. 8 in December 1975 and went on to hit No. 1 on the Easy Listening chart.
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