Neil Sedaka - The Diary / No Vacancy (I'm Walkin' 'Round)
Label: RCA Victor
Format: Vinyl, 10", 78 RPM
Raca Sleeve VG+
Country: Canada Issue
Style: Rock & Roll
A The Diary 2:14
B No Vacancy (I'm Walkin' 'Round) 2:45
Written-By - Howard Greenfield , Neil Sedaka
After graduating from Lincoln High School, Sedaka and some of his classmates formed a band called The Tokens. The band had minor regional hits with songs like "While I Dream", "I Love My Baby", "Come Back Joe", and "Don't Go", before Sedaka launched out on his own in 1957.
However, after a few personnel changes, in 1961, The Tokens would hit #1 on the Billboard pop charts with the international smash "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Meanwhile, the very young Sedaka's first three solo singles, "Laura Lee", "Ring-a-Rockin'", and "Oh, Delilah!" failed to become hits (although "Ring-a-Rockin'" earned him his first of many appearances on Dick Clark's American Bandstand). But they demonstrated his ability to perform as a solo singer, so RCA Victor signed him to a recording contract.
His first single for RCA, "The Diary" (a song he offered to Little Anthony and the Imperials), reached #14 on the Billboard charts in 1958-59.