An American lyricist and songwriter.
Known for his several years in the 1960s worked out of the famous Brill Building. He is best known for his series of successful songwriting collaborations, including one with Neil Sedaka from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, and a near-simultaneous (and equally successful) songwriting partnership with Jack Keller throughout most of the 1960s.
Greenfield co-wrote 4 songs that reached #1 on the US Billboard charts:
"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", as recorded by Neil Sedaka
"Everybody's Somebody's Fool"
"Breakin' in a Brand New Broken Heart" Connie Francis
"Love Will Keep Us Together" The Captain & Tennille
He also co-wrote numerous other top 10 hits for Neil Sedaka
"Stairway to Heaven"
"Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen"
"Next Door to an Angel"
"Where The Boys Are"
"My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own")
The Everly Brothers ("Crying In The Rain")
Jimmy Clanton ("Venus In Blue Jeans")
The Shirelles ("Foolish Little Girl")
As well, Greenfield co-wrote the theme songs to numerous 1960s TV series, including Bewitched, The Flying Nun and Hazel.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, by his late teens Greenfield formed a songwriting partnership with Neil Sedaka, a friend he had met as a teenager when they both lived in the same apartment building, in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn.
Their first recorded compositions took up both sides of the 1956 non-charting debut single by The Tokens, of which Sedaka (but not Greenfield) was briefly a member.
In the spring of 1958, Greenfield and Sedaka signed to Don Kirshner's Aldon Music as songwriters, which had offices at 1650 Broadway in New York. The company later moved to the Brill Building.
In their first year there, Greenfield and Sedaka wrote material for Jimmy Clanton and Bobby Darin, and scored their first major pop hit single with Connie Francis' "Stupid Cupid".
1960, Greenfield began a regular collaboration with Jack Keller; they would write songs together every Monday and Wednesday for six straight years.
Successful Greenfield/Keller collaborations included two consecutive US #1 hits for Connie Francis: "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" and "Breakin' in a Brand New Broken Heart".
As well, Greenfield's one and only collaboration with Aldon songwriter Carole King resulted in "Crying in the Rain", a top ten hit for the Everly Brothers in 1962.
Sedaka and Greenfield also continued to work together as Sedaka's schedule allowed. After Sedaka's singing career cooled in 1963, the duo continued writing hits for other artists, including The 5th Dimension's "Workin' on a Groovy Thing" and Tom Jones' "Puppet Man".
Sedaka and Greenfield ended their songwriting partnership in 1973. Two years later their song "Love Will Keep Us Together" (originally recorded by Sedaka in 1973) topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in a cover version by Captain & Tennille, as well as earning a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
Greenfield was openly gay, even though during the era in which he lived it was unusual to be open about this.
Being openly gay was, however, not entirely uncommon amongst people in the entertainment industry who worked outside the public eye.
Greenfield died, aged 49, in Los Angeles, California in 1986 from AIDS.
His partner died from AIDS just a few days later.
In 1991, Howard Greenfield was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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