1975 Neil Sedaka – The Hungry Years

The Hungry Years is an album by Neil Sedaka, the title of which is an eponymous track from the album. It was released by The Rocket Record Company in 1975.

The album is the American edition of Overnight Success, with two songs being replaced.

“Bad Blood,” a duet with Elton John, hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, was certified gold, and was the most commercially successful single of his career; his followup, a slowed-down, bluesy remake of his 1962 #1 smash “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” hit #8 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart over December 1975-January 1976. “The Queen of 1964,” from his British-released Overnight Success album, reached #35 in the UK in March 1975.

Also, The Captain and Tennille’s cover of Sedaka’s “Lonely Night (Angel Face)” from The Hungry Years, hit #3 on the Hot 100 and was certified gold.


1  Crossroads (Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody) 3:28
2  Lonely Night (Angel Face) (Neil Sedaka) 3:19
3  Stephen (Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield) 4:23
Bad Blood (duet with Elton John) (Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody) 3:09
5  Your Favorite Entertainer (Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody) 3:32
6  Baby Blue (Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield) 3:32
7  Tit For Tat (Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield) 3:57
8  New York City Blues (Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody) 4:22
9  When You Were Lovin’ Me (Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody) 4:35
10  The Hungry Years (Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield) 4:08
11  Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield) 3:21


BassLeland Sklar
DrumsNigel Olsson
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarSteve Cropper
KeyboardsDavid Foster
PianoNeil Sedaka
SaxJackie Kelso
SaxJim Horn
TromboneDick Hyde
TrumpetChuck Findley
PercussionMilt Holland
Background VocalsAnn Orson
Background VocalsBrian Russell
Background VocalsBrenda Russell
Background VocalsDonny Gerrard
Background VocalsAbigail Haness
VocalsNeil Sedaka

Liner Notes

Producer – Neil Sedaka, Robert Appere
Engineer – Robert Appère
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Strings (Arranged By) – Artie Butler
Strings (Arranged By) – Richard Carpenter (Track 11)

Design – David Larkham, Hogie McMurtrie
Photography – Sam Emerson
Photography (Sleeve Photo) – Terry O’Neill

Copyright (c) – The Rocket Record Company Ltd.
Manufactured By – RCA Records
Distributed By – RCA Records
Recorded At – Clover Recorders