Neil Sedaka was enjoying a startling comeback when Captain & Tennille turned this song into a mammoth hit. When he wrote it in 1973, he hadn't cracked the Top 40 in a decade and had moved his family to England, where he was having more success. He kept writing songs, and when he had enough for an album, Elton John agreed to release it on the new label he founded, Rocket Records. That album was Sedaka's Back
, and the first single was "Laughter In The Rain
," which went to #1 US in February 1975. He didn't release "Love Will Keep Us Together" as a single because he had already issued it in France, and he liked his song "The Immigrant
," which became the follow-up single, reaching #22 in May.
Captain & Tennille's version of "Love Will Keep Us Together" shot to #1 in June, where it stayed for four weeks. Sedaka followed with "Bad Blood
," which went to #1 in October. So yeah, 1975 worked out pretty well for him.
His return to America was triumphant. "The next time I went to Los Angeles, it was to headline at the Troubadour," he told Bruce Pollock
. "I took over the town."
He added: "The crowning touch was winning the BMI award for Most Performed Song of the Year, on the Captain & Tennille's recording of 'Love Will Keep Us Together.' It was the dream of a lifetime. I mean, I'd been going to that BMI dinner since I was a kid. I got six awards in one year, including the Most Performed Song of 1975, beating out 'Rhinestone Cowboy