Neil Sedaka's special Israel song

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2010
Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka has promised he will serenade his Israeli fans in Hebrew when he performs in Tel Aviv next month.

The American Jewish singer-songwriter told The Jerusalem Post that he had already recorded some of hits in Hebrew.

The 71–year-old said: “I’m going to attempt to sing two songs in Hebrew – Oh, Carole and You Mean Everything To Me.”

He said he was looking forward to the concert in October – his first appearance in Israel since a 1964 show at a kibbutz near Eilat.

“It’s a lovely country, and I can’t wait to return.”

Mr Sedaka, whose parents came to America from Turkey and Eastern Europe, spent his childhood listening to Yiddish music.

He said: “I can’t speak Yiddish, but I can sing it very well if it’s written phonetically for me.

Watch a vintage Neil Sedaka performance of 'Oh Carole' here

Last updated: 12:15pm, October 12 2010