Sedaka's autobiography Laughter In The Rain was published by Elm Tree of London in 1983; in this he revealed that life was not exactly a bowl of cherries even after reaching the top of his profession. With the rise of progressive rock, he was rapidly falling out of fashion. His latest release was a commercial failure, and didn't get air time in an album chart dominated by the likes of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.
He wrote: "In the record business you can go from a star to a has-been within six months" adding bitterly, "In 1970 I couldn't get arrested. No record company would touch me". Because of this, he parted company with his lyricist, Howard Greenfield. The two last songs they wrote together were titled disparately "Our Last Song Together" and "Love Will Keep Us Together". The latter was a big hit; the former incorporates in its lyrics references to many of the songs they wrote together.
"Our Last Song Together" has been covered by Nana Mouskouri, among others, and any attempts to write Sedaka's musical obituary were startlingly premature. In 1976 he won no less than five BMI awards and Song Of The Year for "Love Will Keep Us Together." In 1983 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and in 2007, the classically trained Sedaka broke new ground when his first symphonic piece, Joie De Vivre, saw its world premiere by the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. In March 2010 he was in Britain for the opening of Laughter In The Rain, a musical based on his life and songs, which opened at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Sedaka's appearance on stage with Wayne Smith, who played the youthful singer-songwriter, caused some embarrassment for one theatre critic; Ed Ewing said he thought he was dead!
Howard Greenfield died in 1986 a few days short of his 50th birthday, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame five years later.
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