#68: (B) I Must Be Dreaming by Neil Sedaka
Peak Month: July 1961
7 weeks on Vancouver’s CFUN
Peak Position #11
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart
This song is the B-side to the A-side of the disc that will be reviewed later.
In 1939 Neil Sedaka was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Brighton Beach beside Coney Island. His paternal grandparents immigrated to America from Constantinople, Ottoman Empire, in 1910. His fathers side of the family there were Sephardi Jews and his mother’s side Ashkenazi Jews from Russian and Polish background. When Neil was eight years old he listened to a show on the radio called The Make-Believe Ballroom that opened his world to appreciation for music. Within a year Neil had began learning classical piano at the Julliard School of Music. His progress was impressive and Arthur Rubinstein voted Neil as one of the best New York High School pianists after he turned 16 years old.
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