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Neil Sedaka and the power of 'love'

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Neil Sedaka portrait 2012  AP Photo

Neil Sedaka poses for a portrait in New York, Monday, April 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

A singer, pianist, and composer whose career has spanned more half a century, Neil Sedaka co-wrote, among other things, "Love Will Keep Us Together," which The Captain & Tennille made the biggest song of 1975. Chances are, you've heard this piece of work. It's one of the most cloying songs of all time but at least it inspired Joy Division's delightfully dreary, kinda-sorta answer song "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

Yeah, it would be totally cool if the 74-year-old Sedaka performed "Love Will Keep Us Together" Tuesday at the Van Wezel and then eased his way into "Love Will Tear Us Apart." But don't bet on it. What you can bet on is Sedaka performing sweet hits like “Oh! Carol,” “Calendar Girl,” “Little Devil,” “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” which isn't nearly as dark as the title implies.

8 p.m. Tuesday, January 7; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $45-$65; 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

 

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