Perhaps the road to real success in the music business tends to begin in the mailrooms of corporate music behemoths. The legendary record tycoon, David Geffen, now head of his own music empire, began as a mail boy at the William Morris Agency. But the late lyricist, Howard Greenfield, before his long-term partnership with composer, Neil Sedaka, had learned his way around the mailrooms of such prominent music publishing entities as Famous Music and The Richmond Organization. Earlier, he was also employed in the non-music mailroom of the W. R. Grace Company.

Sixteen-year-old Howard Greenfield and Sedaka, who was 13 at the time, both lived in the same apartment building in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach section. However, they didn't know of each other's existence until Greenfield's mother had a chance meeting with the young Sedaka in a Catskills Mountain resort. Suggesting to the juvenile pianist that "You should meet my son; he writes great lyrics," Mrs. Greenfield arranged the meeting (in the same apartment complex) and the rest was history!

Soon, Greenfield, the budding poet, and Sedaka, the 13-year-old piano student at the Juilliard School, had become a team, and established a regimen of writing a song a day, a routine they continued for nearly two years. At the same time, they began making the rounds together in Broadway's Brill Building, one of several major centers for writers and producers of pop music. During one of their music publisher visits, they met what was to become another brilliant songwriting duo of the era, Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus, who steered them to another office in another music business center known…

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Discography Highlights

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield
Screen Gems - EMI Musi@ Inc./Careers BMG Music Publishing, Inc.

CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield
Screen Gems - EMI Music, Inc./Careers BMG Music Publishing, Inc.

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