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”.
and Dara Sedaka recordings
Never Let You Go (Phil Cody/Neil Sedaka)