[For quite some time now, whenever I find an old song that I like, I also go and check up to see if the singer was JEWISH. I was looking at the name Neil Sedaka, which was a very well known name when I was a kid, and I thought, this looks a bit funny. Let's check. And sure as nuts … he's Jewish. There are many actors, singers and even comedians from the past from America and also from European countries who were outrightly JEWISH. It's shocking really. FAMOUS NAMES that I grew up hearing and which were on everyone's lips … and now I see, Jew, Jew, Jew. It's insane. Jan]
So from Wikipedia:
Neil Sedaka (/sɛdækə/ born March 13, 1939) is an American pop singer, pianist, composer and record producer. Since his music career began in 1957 as a short-lived founding member of the Tokens, he has sold millions of records as a performer and has written or co-written over 500 songs for himself and others, collaborating mostly with lyricists Howard "Howie" Greenfield and Phil Cody.
Now for the Jewish part:
Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Mordechai "Mac" Sedaka, was a taxi driver and a Sephardi Lebanese Jew whose parents came to the United States from Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1910. Sedaka’s mother, Eleanor (née Appel), was an Ashkenazi Jew of Polish and Russian-Jewish descent. He grew up in Brighton Beach, on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. His father’s cousin Rachel Gorman (née Cohen), the daughter of Isaac Cohen and Calo Cohen (née Sedaca), was married to Morris Gorman (né Gormezano) (paternal uncle to singer Eydie Gormé).