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Paul Anka

One of the biggest teen idols of the late '50s, Paul Anka moved to the adult sphere several years later and became a successful performer, songwriter, music businessman, and recording artist, remaining so well into the new millennium. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1941 to parents of Lebanese Christian descent who owned a local restaurant, Anka proved a child prodigy, beginning his show business life at the age of 12 as an impressionist. By the age of 14, he was stealing the family car to drive to amateur singing contests in nearby Hull, Quebec, and writing his own songs. His first single, "I Confess," appeared on the Riviera subsidiary of Jules and Joe Bihari's RPM label. While on a trip to New York with a group of friends who sang as the Rover Boys, Anka gained an audition with ABC producer Don Costa, and sang his own composition, "Diana," an ode to a former babysitter. Costa liked what he heard, recorded the teenager, and watched as the single hit number one on both sides of the Atlantic later in 1957, eventually selling a reported ten million copies worldwide.

Anka placed four songs in the Top 20 a year later, including "You Are My Destiny" and "Crazy Love," tempering the all-out rebellion of rock & roll with songs that questioned parental authority rather than promoting outright disobedience. He wrote one of Buddy Holly's last hits, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," and moved into movies with Let's Rock and Girls Town. The latter film spawned his biggest American hit, "Lonely Boy," just the first in a string of 1959 chart successes including "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," "It's Time to Cry," and "Puppy Love" (written for old flame Annette Funicello, and later a hit for Donny Osmond as well).

By 1961, when the teen idol craze began to cool off, Anka (a millionaire while still a minor) could boast of the over 125 compositions under his belt, his own record label (Spanka), and the recognition of being behind the second-best-selling single of all time (only "White Christmas" had sold more copies than "Diana"). Instead of resting on his laurels, Anka took on the adult market. First, he groomed a solo act and got bookings into that haven for sophisticates, the Copacabana. Anka next moved to RCA and, in yet another shrewd business move, bought the rights to his old masters and made a fortune on reissues alone. He diversified his career by appearing in several more movie roles (including the 1962 drama The Longest Day, for which he provided the title song). One of the first pop singers to do shows in Las Vegas, he also hosted television variety shows like Hullabaloo, The Midnight Special, and Spotlite, and moved on to foreign audiences in Asia and Europe (where he found his wife, Parisian model Anne de Zogheb). He wrote the theme to The Tonight Show (aired every weeknight for almost 30 years), rewrote the French lyrics to the song "Comme d'Habitude" for one of Frank Sinatra's most famous later songs, "My Way," and also wrote Tom Jones' biggest hit, "She's a Lady." Anka also branched out in the recording studio, recording theme albums such as Excitement on Park Avenue and Strictly Nashville.

Although he had hit the Top 40 only once since 1963, Anka stormed the number one slot in 1974 with "(You're) Having My Baby," a duet recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with his singing protégée, Odia Coates. The duo's next two singles, "One Man Woman/One Woman Man" and "I Don't Like to Sleep Alone," both hit the Top Ten (his 1974 LP Anka reached gold), and his 1975 solo single, "Times of Your Life," reached number seven. Anka charted into the early '80s, continuing his many casino and international appearances while recording sparingly but continually. Concert recordings and compilations constituted the bulk of his '80s and '90s discography, although he also entered the studio, most notably on the 2005 Verve date Rock Swings, a collection of contemporary standards. Its large success prompted a follow-up (of sorts), Classic Songs: My Way, from 2007, which included more contemporary standards as well as duets with Michael Bublé and Jon Bon Jovi. Anka returned in 2011 with an album of Christmas songs, Songs of December, backed by a full orchestra. In 2013, Anka delivered the album Duets as a tie-in to his autobiography, My Way. The album featured Anka alongside a bevy of duet partners including Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Chris Botti, and others. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Put Your Head On My Shoulder will be apart of one of my wedding songs.
I dedicate this firme role to the one and only Elena Valdes.
i love the song diana for my diana
Noel Reyes Pinto
At all his concerts he does Times Of your Life. A d he had pictures of his girls now he has his grandchildre n finally got a boy!! Grandson. After having 5 daughters all their names start with an a
Can you tell I love this guy.
I have DIANA on a78 record!!!!
Paul was in Tulsa last night and he never left the stage except to come into the crowd. Put on the best concert I have seen in years ! ! !
dannythomas5 8
I knew David Foster had something to do with Hold Me Until The Morning Comes because of his signature pianissimo. I first heard the song after I came back from the Gulf War. The song was so powerful. great collaboratio n ! !
Great song ! One of the best oldies songs !��
Have this exact record. Good album!
huskinator
Kodak used Times of your Life as an undertone to several years of their TV ads. The snip they took is the best part of the song, too.
maudieqarhxd c 9 8
I don't about you but this music is awesome.
love Diana Ross is my fave
I love the song diana
My Richard Cheese radio is so awesome and funny. Paul Anka's re-dos are done semi-serious , but are funny in their own right. Great voice.
Wow. Wrote his first song at 14 and it became a hit. What an inspiration.
Thanks for playing the music of Paul Anka. His latest project is also destined to become a classic (DUETS) with duet songs performed with Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Michael Bublé, Patti La Belle, Tom Jones, Celine Dion, and of course Frank Sinatra. Please Pandora, play songs from his latest CD. Thank you.
helendare4ev e r
Love Paul Anka!
love him so much !!!! so classy,real songs so much memories Makes me just want to dance. sway to the music . Puts a smile on my face
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest friday by the love of youre life. tommorow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this in at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
holt56
Wow, I didn't realize Paul was behind so much of the musical successes of the last 50 years.
GREW UP IN NY IN THE 50s N PAUL ANKA WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITES..H I S SONGS WERE SO SMOOTH AND TOUCHED YOUR HEART ESPECIALLY IF YOU WERE IN LOVE..50s GREAT ERA

paul anka 21
One of the best in the industry.... e n j o y e d him many times in the smaller showrooms of Vegas....kee p on truckin Paul
He never comes to Buffalo, NY sadly & I wish he would because he would probably make me faint & I'm only 15
I love Paul Anka so much I did a PowerPoint of him for music class. Every time I hear the song "Put Your Head On My Shoulder " I close my eyes and fall asleep dreaming that he is there with me singing to me to sleep and singing for me and only me it's so peaceful and relaxing & makes me cry sometimes & smile really big. WHAT I WOULD PAY TO SEE HIM IN A CONCERT BEFORE HE DIES BECAUSE HE'S ALREADY 72!!!:(
gs_esfeller5 9
Thanks for beatiful programation . pandora de best.
One the greatest performers of all time.
I am from south america and we love him, is the best singer and composer
Paul had the foresight early on to become one of the greatest rock and roll businessmen ever. Rare combination of musical genius and business acumen. Not many like him.
There is a song called Time Of My Life sung by Paul Anka or Neil Sedeka in the 1990s. Can any one help?
a great talent! he also wrote {and collected royalties for} Johnny Carson's Tonite Show theme which played on late night NBC for sooooo many years
Wrong lyrics with this song!
Wow! What a career!
Paul Anka is withoth any question one of the greatest singer and composer.
A legend.
This guy could have been dismissed as pop star fluff except for the fact that he's not only a great singer, but also a great songwriter and musician. Got to give the man his props.
It's good
love paul anka
For the Ballroom Dancers, check out The Way You Make Me Feel on Rock Swings.
Slow Foxtrot done right.
steve3691
Paul Anka was a classic. I love all his music!!
steve3691
Diana was also a great song!!
jonell1428
LOVE IT
DIANA
How do I turn off a song off that I do not want to hear?
I do not know how to 'play' my music when I see my home page????
mtz4
my mom puts her head on my dads shoulder
jsillas7
One of my best is "Having my baby" it was the time my wife was our first baby.
just returned home after a fabulous Paul Anka two hour concert. He entertained for two hours without a break.
love Paul Anka, My parents use to listen this music and brinngs a lot of memories
this not the original version on 21 golden hits
chelinsky
I love Paul Anka. Ever since I first heard Puppy Love. Anything he does is a treasure.
dangelanton
great+ artist
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