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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Duets

1. Walk A Fine Line (With Michael McDonald & George Benson)

2. Find My Way Back To Your Heart

3. Do I Love You (Yes, In Every Way) [With Dolly Parton]

4. This Is It (With Michael Jackson)

5. I Really Miss You (With Leon Russell)

6. Think I'm In Love Again (With Gloria Estefan)

7. Pennies From Heaven (With Michael Buble)

8. Crazy (With Willie Nelson)

9. You Are My Destiny (With Patti LaBelle)

10. Les Filles De Paris (With Chris Botti)

11. It's Hard To Say Goodbye

12. She's A Lady (With Tom Jones)

13. Hold Me 'Til The Mornin' Comes (With Peter Cetera)

14. My Way (With Frank Sinatra)

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Track List: Classics Song My Way

1. Time After Time

2. Get Here

3. Mr. Brightside

4. Waiting For A Girl Like You

5. Ordinary World

6. Heaven

7. Bad Day

8. I Go To Extremes

9. Both Sides Now

10. You Are My Destiny

11. Walking In Memphis

12. Against The Wind

13. My Way

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Track List: Rock Swings

1. It's My Life

2. True

3. Eye Of The Tiger

4. Everybody Hurts

5. Wonderwall

6. Black Hole Sun

7. It's A Sin

8. Jump

9. Smells Like Teen Spirit

10. Hello

11. Eyes Without A Face

12. Lovecats

13. The Way You Make Me Feel

14. Tears In Heaven

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Track List: 21 Golden Hits

1. Diana

2. Put Your Head On My Shoulder

3. Lonely Boy

4. It's Time To Cry

5. Puppy Love

6. I Love You In The Same Old Way

7. You Are My Destiny

8. Crazy Love

9. Don't Ever Leave Me

10. Summer's Gone

11. Adam and Eve

12. Don't Gamble With Love

13. I'm Still Waiting Here For You

14. I Love You, Baby

15. It Doesn't Matter Anymore

16. Tonight My Love, Tonight

17. My Home Town

18. Cinderella

19. Love Land

20. Dance On Little Girl

21. The Longest Day

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I want love and real love we can share with each all I want to give you love and it doesn't mean things I want you we will always survive if we make it as a team I agree so the way Mimi Ike
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I was born in the wrong decade 1968 wish I was born earlier
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paiil anka was my best favorite
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Love this song.
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Musica exelente
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❤❤❤❤❤
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Great song!! No one sings this as great as Paul A.
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I love the oldies brings back memories. Used to memorize all his songs. Love it
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Love this oldie :) wish I had a person to share a lifetime of love.
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Who can be said that came very close to the King? Paul Anka.
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Love this guy he is awesome love his songs so much I'm a fan then & now
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Guy has a creepy, I'm going to rape you, smile.
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I just recently saw him perform at the Smith Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is as awesome now as he has been all years I've seen him in this town. I've been a fan for 49 years. His songs & his voice touches the hearts and souls of all who listen and truly appreciate real music. Tobie Buccieri
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Diana - Paul Anka off his 21 Golden Hits album: This song heralded the start of a long and successful career for Paul - but why can't we hear the original version (albeit this recording is close)
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Put your head on my shoulder - Paul Anka: Nice to hear this old one even though it's not the original version.
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I wish I lived in the 40s and 50s
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I wonder how Chris Cornell feels about Paul's cover of Black Hole Sun? pretty freakin' amazing.....
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SAN D13GO*666190 4 *
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I want to put my head on BRATONE'$ $HOULDER!!!
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Hey. Deke. Rivers. Did. U. Get. That name. From. The. Elvis. Movie. Loving. You.
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One off the greatest.... a n d still going.
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PAUL ANKAA YAYY
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Theres no where else I would rather be EW BABY
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My Sister Song
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I live in Vegas and if you want to see a great show see his.One of the very best ever.Worth every penny.
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This song makes me wish I was a teen in the 50's
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Greatest Showman EVER ,,,,
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In Italy they call him 'Paulunka'
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Just saw Paul Anka in concert-Napl e s , F l o r i d a . H e was awesome!! A class act.The best of the best in every way!! I had the best time and will have wonderful memories forever...
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covering Jump by Van Halen.... wow.... stay classy Paul!
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Red Roses for a Blue Lady
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BENDICIONES ,.-´+´-., BENITO BARRETO JIMENEZ ,.-´+´-., GRACIAS X TU AMISTAD ,.-´+´-., BENDICION X LA GRACIA DE DIOS ,.-´+´-., RECORDANDO AQUELLOS AYERES ,.-´+´-., GRACIAS Y BENDICIONES ,.-´+´-.,
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One of the greatest singers and songwriting of all time
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IF YOU NEVER SAW PAUL IN PERSON, YOU NEED TO DO SO...HE IS AWESOME!!! HE HAS ONE OF THE STRONGEST VOICES IN THE BUSINESS.
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Mudica de paul Anka
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Good song. One of my favorites. I have this album. The oldies are the best!
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What wonderful talent.
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Classic! RQ/rlh
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Incomparable performer.
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Put Your Head On My Shoulder will be apart of one of my wedding songs.
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I dedicate this firme role to the one and only Elena Valdes.
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i love the song diana for my diana
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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!!!!
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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 ! ! !
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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 ! !
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Great song ! One of the best oldies songs !��
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Have this exact record. Good album!
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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.
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I don't about you but this music is awesome.
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love Diana Ross is my fave
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