Celebrity Spotlight: Neil Sedaka
As a long time client and friend of celebrity hairstylist Sergio Slavnov, Neil Sedaka is a strong supporter of Avenue Man hair products and Sergio’s unparalleled talent for cutting and styling men’s hair (after all, he has been his own hair stylist for years). As a result, Neil enthusiastically produced the video introduction of Avenue Man Hair Products by putting a spin on one of his biggest hits, “Laughter in the Rain”.
Sergio spent years traveling with Mr. Sedaka to all corners of the world styling his hair flawlessly for every performance and professional appearance. Sergio Slavnov even inspired Neil to write his famous album “Classically Sedaka” during their travels together because of his love and passion for classical music.
From the young age of eight, Neil was engrossed in classical music that would have a major influence on his musical career. At age nine, he was already immersed in classical piano training at Julliard School of Music.
In high school, he started performing Rock N Roll and formed the vocal group The Tokens (a doo-wop band) that would go on to record two hit singles. At the time, Sedaka was also introduced to his younger neighbor Howard Greenfield, where an important songwriting partnership was formed (and went on to sell over 40 million records in less than five years).
Neil wrote dozens of hit songs performed by famous artists in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, ABBA, Barbara Streisand, Sheryl Crow, The Carpenters, and more.
With the release of a trio of critically acclaimed albums that gained major popularity in the UK in the 70s, none other than Elton John took notice of Neil’s incredible talents. He wasted no time signing him to his record label, Rocket Records and producing two successful albums — “Sedaka’s Back” and “The Hungry Years.”
These hit records were also proceeded by successful songs like “Bad Blood” and “Laughter in the Rain,” which both reached #1 on the charts.
In the 90s, Neil turned to his roots and produced a classical album that adapted melodies from world-renowned classical composers.
Neil Sedaka has earned many awards through his career including:
Induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame
A Brooklyn street named after him
A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award
The Guinness Award for “(Is This the Way to) Amarillo”
A tribute at Avery Fisher Hall
The Special International Award from The Ivors
The Variety Club’s Silver Heart Award
At Avenue Man, we are proud to call Mr. Sedaka a long time friend and inspiration.
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Besides over a decade as Neil Sedaka’s personal hair stylist, Sergio has also worked with and befriended well known superstars and public figures like Judge Judy, Elton John, Celine Dion, Debbie David Reynolds, Siegfried & Roy, and many more.
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