The Festival at Sandpoint closes Sunday night with Neil Sedaka, the man rivaled only by Elvis as a hit-maker from 1959 to 1963.
Yet that is only a small part of the Sedaka story. Even when the British Invasion and the Summer of Love put Sedaka-style crooning out of style, he continued to write hit songs for a number of top acts, most notably the Captain and Tennille (“Love Will Keep Us Together”).
His performing career was revived, with help from Elton John, in the the mid-1970s, and he has remained a strong concert draw ever since.
Woody Herman has been gone since 1987, but his Thundering Herd plays on.
The Woody Herman Orchestra, now under the direction of Frank Tiberi, is dedicated to preserving the sound that made Woody’s various Big Bands the hottest and the hippest around the mid-point of the century.
They play the Festival at Sandpoint tonight at 7:30.