Veteran crooner Neil Sedaka was honoured in New York on Wednesday (28Nov12) for his lengthy career.

The singer was the star guest at a gala in aid of Connecticut's Silver Hill Hospital, and he performed a set of his greatest hits for the crowd.

Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart was due to host the bash but she pulled out of the event at Manhattan hotspot Cipriani 42nd Street when she was struck down with a bout of influenza.

Fashion designer Dennis Basso stepped in to emcee the gala, and quipped, "I am not quite Martha Stewart, but I do like cooking and gardening."