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The 101 number one song of the day was sung by a guy torn between rock and roll and classical music but what ultimately compelled him to perform the former was that he was unhappy with the way one of his songs was recorded by Little Anthony and the Imperials.

It didn’t come out the way he imagined so, although he was developing a reputation as an up and coming songwriter, he decided to take matters into his own hands. So the Julliard School of Music trained pianist opted to go behind the mic and record his own stuff. As far as today’s 101 number one song of the day was concerned he thought he had a hit but something was missing. The night before the recording session, he couldn’t sleep. Then suddenly, he had the missing part and called his arranger at 12:30 in the morning to repeat the words that would become one of the immortal phrases of rock and roll. With those words his song would be complete and on August 10, 1962, it would be the number one song in America – for Neil Sedaka and those words were: (Comma, comma, down-doo-be-doo-down down (Breaking Up is Hard To Do)

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