1960 Neil Sedaka – Run Samson Run/You Mean Everything To Me
Neil Sedaka released or wrote countless hit records during his career. He first reached the US top ten with Oh! Carol in 1959 and returned early the next year with Stairway To Heaven (not the song that Led Zeppelin released years later).
He followed those singles with the only two-sided hit of his career. He co-wrote both sides of the single with his frequent partner, Howard Greenfield. Both sides entered the Billboard Hot 100 the same week in August 1960. Billboard still had separate listings for each side of a two-sided hit until late in the decade.
The A-side of the single was Run Samson Run, which is best described as a novelty record. It entered at #100 its first week on the chart and peaked #28 in October.
The B-side was You Mean Everything To Me. That ballad did slightly better than the A-side, entering at #83 and reaching #17 two weeks before the A-Side stopped climbing.
Neil had two more top ten singles the next year. He even reached the top of the Hot 100 for the first time in 1962 with his first version of Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.
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