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    Cody, Phil

    Singer-songwriter who helped Neil Sedaka stage a short-lived comeback in the mid-‘70s.  Their collaborations included “Bad Blood”, “Laughter in the Rain”, and “Should’ve Never Let Her Go”, which wound up being Neil’s last hit, with daughter Dara, and a new title, “Should’ve Never Let You Go”.  “Bad Blood” and “Laughter in the Rain” both went to #1. 

     

    The two of them were asked by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus to help them write an English translation of “Ring Ring”, which was their entry into the Swedish heat of the Eurovision Song Contest.  The song only managed third, but more importantly climbed the Swedish charts to #1 and #2 in its Swedish and English versions, respectively.  It also went to #1 in Belgium, #2 in Austria and Norway, and cracked the top ten in The Netherlands and South Africa.  Needless to say, it was a seminal moment for ABBA, whose re-mixed version of the song reached #7 in Australia and #32 in the U.K. 

     

    He released a pair of solo albums, including Laughing Sandwiches in 1971 and Phil Cody in 1975, and is reputed to be the lead singer of the only Archies song not sung by Ron Dante, “Love is Living in You”.

     

    Neil Sedaka and Dara Sedaka recordings

    Should’ve Never Let You Go (Phil Cody/Neil Sedaka)

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.zookini.com/about.htm
    2. http://www.emimusicpub.com/worldwide/artist_profile/neil-sedaka_profile.html
    3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_Ring_(song)
    4. http://www.bsnpubs.com/warner/reprise/reprise2200.html
    5. http://www.maxalbums.com/albums_review_The%20Archies.asp
    6. http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:QZ4xwBT823QJ:www.niaf.org/events/2007/martini/NEIL_SEDAKA_BIO.pdf+%22Phil+Cody%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=172&gl=us
    7. http://www.brainyencyclopedia.com/encyclopedia/t/th/the_archies.html
    8. http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/the_archies

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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