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 Famous Singers  Paul Anka 
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CATEGORY: Singers
DATE OF BIRTH: 1941-07-30
BIRTHPLACE: Ottawa, Canada

Biography

Paul Albert Anka is a singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka first became famous as a teen idol in the late 1950s and 1960s with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy" and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder". He went on to write such well-known  music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones's biggest hits, "She's a Lady", and the Engligh Lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song, "My Way".  

In 1983, he co-wrote with Mihael Jackson the song "I Never Heard", which was retitled and released in 2009 under the name "This Is It". An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from this 1983 session, "Love Never Felt So Good", has since been discovered, and will be released in the near future. in 1984. The song was also released by Johnny Mathis. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1990.

Career & early success

Anka was born in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada to Andy and Camelia Anka, immigrants from Lebanon who owned a restaurant called The Locanda there. He sang with the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church choir under the direction of Frederick Karam, with whom he studied music theory. He also studied piano with Winnifred Rees.

Anka recorded his first single "I Confess" at age 14. In 1957 he went to New York City where he auditioned for Don Costa at ABC, singing what was widely believed to be a lovestruck verse he had written to a former babysitter. In an interview with NPR's Terry Gross in 2005, he stated that it was to a girl at his church who he hardly knew. The song, "Diana", brought Anka instant stardom as it rocketed to number one on the Canadian and U.S. music charts. "Diana" is one of the best selling singles ever by a Canadian recording artist. He followed up with four songs that made it into the Top 20 in 1958, including "It's Time to Cry", which made #4 and "(All Of a Sudden) My Heart Sings", which reached #15, making him, at 17, one of the biggest teen idols of the time. He toured Britain and then, with Buddy Holly, he toured Australia. Anka also wrote "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" a song written for Buddy Holly which Holly recorded just before he died in 1959. Anka stated shortly afterward -"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" has a tragic irony about it now, but at least it will help look after Buddy Holly's family. I'm giving my composer's royalty to his widow - it's the least I can do.

His talent went beyond the theme for the Tonish Show Starring Johnny Carson  (reworked in 1962 from a song Anka wrote earlier called "Toot Sweet" which had been rewritten with lyrics and recorded by Annette Funicello in 1959 as "It's really Love") since Anka composed Tom Jones' biggest hit record "She's a Lady" and wrote the English lyrics to "My Way", Frank Sinatra's signature song sung by many well known artists.

In the 1960s Anka began acting in motion pictures as well as writing songs for them, most notably the theme for the hit movie The Longest Day,  in which he made a cameo appearance as a US Army Ranger. From his movie work, he wrote and recorded one of his greatest hits, 'Lonely Boy" and also "My Home Town", which was a #8 pop hit for him the same year. He then went on to become one of the first pop singers to perform at the Las Vegas casinos. Anka returns to Canada several times a year, regularly playing to sold out crowds at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario in Canada. In 1960, he appeared twice as himself in NBC's short-lived crime drama Dan Raven, starring Skip Homeier and set on the Sunset Strip of West Hollywood.

 

 

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Singles discography

Year Single Chart positions
US US
AC
US
R&B
UK Germany Italy
1957 "Diana" 1 - 1 1 2 -
"I Love You, Baby" 97 - - 3 - -
"Tell Me That You Love Me" - - - 25 - -
1958 "You Are My Destiny" 7 - 14 6 - -
"Crazy Love" 15 - - 26 - -
"Let the Bells Keep Ringing" 16 - - - - -
"Midnight" 69 - - 26 - -
"Just Young" 80 - - - - 15
"The Teen Commandments"* 29 - - - - -
"(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings" 15 - - 10 7 9
1959 "I Miss You So" 33 - - - - 15
"Lonely Boy" 1 - 6 3 8 2
"Put Your Head On My Shoulder" 2 - 12 7 25 2
"It's Time To Cry" 4 - 13 28 - 2
1960 "Puppy Love" 2 - - 33 - 3
"Adam and Eve" 90 - - - - 21
"My Home Town" 8 - - - - 6
"Something Happened" 41 - - - - -
"Hello Young Lovers" 23 - - 44 - 13
"I Love You In the Same Old Way" 40 - - - - -
"Summer's Gone" 11 - 29 - - -
"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" 104 - - - - -
1961 "The Story of My Love" 16 - - - - 26
"Don't Say You're Sorry" 108 - - - - -
"Tonight My Love Tonight" 13 - - - - 8
"Dance On Little Girl" 10 - - - - 12
"Kissin' On the Phone" 35 - - - - -
"Cinderella" 70 - - - - 12
"The Bells At My Wedding" 104 - - - - 26
"Loveland" 110 - - - - -
1962 "The Fools Hall of Fame" 103 - - - - -
"I'd Never Find Another You" 106 - - - - -
"I'm Coming Home" 94 - - - - -
"Love Me Warm and Tender" 12 - - 19 45 -
"A Steel Guitar and a Glass of Wine" 13 - - 41 35 -
"Every Night (Without You)" 46 - - - - -
"Eso Beso (That Kiss)" 19 - - - 14 23
1963 "Love (Makes the World Go Round)" 26 - - - - -
"Remember Diana" 39 - - - 42 -
"Hello Jim" 97 - - - 46 -
"Did You Have a Happy Birthday?" 89 - - - - -
1964 "My Baby's Comin' Home" 113 - - - - -
1969 "Goodnight, My Love" 27 2 - - - -
"In the Still of the Night" 64 36 - - - -
"Sincerely" 80 30 - - - -
"Happy" 86 13 - - - -
1971 "Do I Love You" 53 14 - - - -
1972 "Jubilation" 65 - - - - -
1974 "Let Me Get To Know You" 80 40 - - - -
"(You're) Having My Baby"** 1 5 - 6 15 -
"One Man Woman/One Woman Man"** 7 5 - - - -
1975 "I Don't Like To Sleep Alone"** 8 8 - - - -
"(I Believe) There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love"** 15 3 - - - -
"Times of Your Life" 7 1 - - - -
1976 "Anytime (I'll Be There)" 33 2 - - - -
"Make It Up To Me In Love"** - 20 - - - -
"Happier" 60 10 - - - -
1977 "My Best Friend's Wife" 80 41 - - - -
"Everybody Ought To Be In Love" 75 - - - - -
1978 "This Is Love" 35 3 - - - -
1979 "As Long As We Keep Believing" - 29 - - - -
1981 "Think I'm in Love Again" - - - - - -
"I've Been Waiting For You All Of My Life" 48 16 - - - -
1983 "Hold Me 'Til the Mornin' Comes" 40 2 - - - -
1984 "Second Chance" - 14 - - - -

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