Two minutes and sixteen seconds of pure pop magic, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" is the signature tune for performer Neil Sedaka, the king of his twenty-one Top 40 hits. Unlike "The Monster Mash" - which went back to the Top 10 with the same version eleven years after it hit #1 - and "The Twist" which hit #1 in 1960 and came back to do the same thing (with the same version as well) fifteen months later in 1961, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" went to the top spot in July of 1962 and came back in December of 1975 to solidly hit the Top 10 (and #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts) in a cocktail version as dramatic as Burton Cummings humorous revision of Bachman Turner Overdrive's gem "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet". RCA Victor single ##8046 was Sedaka's 9th Top 40 hit while Rocket Records #40500 was his 18th. It's the same song only dramatically rearranged to fit into the world Neil helped spawn a year before with his second #1 hit, "Laughter In The Rain", as well as with the key song which launched the career of Captain & Tennille in May of 1975, "Love Will Keep Us Together". Helen Reddy, Barry Manilow, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers and many others owe their soft rock success in part to the Brill Building sound crafted by Sedaka and his various associates and that evolution is precisely documented from the rock & roll sixties sound of the original to the soul-searching re-invention that was the 1975/1976 ballad. In performance it really is two different songs with the same words and the same melody - the music transformed, the energy translated but just as powerful. The song, like the artist, matured, and it is a significant moment in pop. The Four Seasons - a 1960's group which like Sedaka found re-birth in the '70's - witnessed their latter day #1 going Top 15 eighteen years after the fact in 1994, but that was a dance re-mix, not a re-make per se, of "December 1963 (Oh What A Night)". "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" has the distinction of being a copyright that came back for the original artist in a way that fit the time, a time he helped create, sounds he was identified with in two separate decades. Covered by Carole King, Tom Jones, The Carpenters, The Happenings, Sha Na Na, Eydie Gorme, David Cassidy, Little Eva and a host of others.