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Sedaka enjoys chart renaissance
Neil Sedaka
Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka, performing in the 1970s
Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is enjoying a chart revival in the US, thanks to American Idol's Clay Aiken.

Aiken's recording of Sedaka's 1970s song Solitaire has entered the Hot 100 at number four - 20 years since his last chart appearance as a songwriter.

The Carpenters' version of the tune, which Sedaka co-wrote with Phil Cody, reached 17 in 1975.

Sedaka made his US chart debut as an artist in 1958, while his success as a songwriter also spans 45 years.

The latest chart entry has yet to beat Sedaka's 1975 success as a songwriter, when Captain & Tennille's version of Love Will Keep Us Together topped the hit parade.

Aiken, who was runner-up to Ruben Studdard in American Idol, has enjoyed huge chart success in the US to date.

Clay Aiken (left) and Ruben Studdard
Clay Aiken (left) has made the Sedaka track a hit again

His song This Is The Night made its debut at number one in June 2003, just ahead of rival Studdard.

And his album shifted more than 600,000 copies in its first week of release.

Sedaka, who was a guest judge on American Idol, said the song Solitaire had become Aiken's own.

It has also been recorded by Shirley Bassey, Petula Clark, Sheryl Crow and Elvis Presley among others.

As a performer, among Sedaka's best-known hits were Oh Carol and Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, which both reached number three in the UK.

The 65-year-old has failed to make the British charts since 1975, when The Queen of 1964 was a minor hit.

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