Monday, 1 December 2014

The History Of Paul Anka

Paul Anka

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Paul Anka
Anka at the 2007 North Sea Jazz Festival
Background information
Birth namePaul Albert Anka
BornJuly 30, 1941 (age 73)
GenresPopsoft rockjazzdoo-wop
Years active1955–present
LabelsABC-ParamountEMI ColumbiaRCAUnited Artists,Columbia
WebsiteOfficial website
Paul Albert AnkaOC (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka became famous in the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and "(You're) Having My Baby". He wrote 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", as well as the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song, "My Way" (originally the French song "Comme d'habitude"). He was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2005.
In 1983, he co-wrote the song "I Never Heard" with Michael Jackson. It was retitled and released in 2009 under the name "This Is It".[1] An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from this 1983 session, "Love Never Felt So Good", was since discovered and was released on Jackson's posthumous album Xscape in 2014. The song was also released by Johnny Mathis in 1984.
Anka became a naturalized US citizen in 1990.



Early life[edit]

Anka was born in OttawaOntario. His parents, Camelia (Tannis) and Andrew Emile "Andy" Anka, Sr., owned a restaurant called the Locanda.[2] His parents are both of Antiochian Orthodox Christian Lebanese and Syrian descent.[3] Anka's father was Syrian, his mother was Lebanese from the town of Kfarmishki, in Lebanon.[4] He sang with the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church choir under the direction of Frederick Karam, with whom he studied music theory. He studied piano with Winnifred Rees. He attended Fisher Park High School, where he was part of a vocal trio called the Bobby Soxers.[5][6]


Early success[edit]

Paul Anka at Gröna Lund,Stockholm 1959.
Anka in 1961.
Paul Anka recorded his first single, "I Confess", when he was 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 whom he hardly knew.[7] The song "Diana" brought Anka stardom as it rocketed to #1 on the Canadian and U.S. music charts.[8] "Diana" is one of the best selling singles ever by a Canadian recording artist.[9] He followed up with four songs that made it into the Top 20 in 1958,[10] including "It's Time to Cry", which hit #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, then Australia with Buddy Holly. Anka also wrote "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" – a song written for 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.[11]
Paul Anka's talent included the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (reworked in 1962 from a song Anka wrote earlier called "Toot Sweet"; it had been rewritten with lyrics and recorded by Annette Funicello in 1959 as "It's Really Love").[12] Anka composed Tom Jones's biggest hit record, "She's a Lady", and wrote the English lyrics to "My Way", Frank Sinatra's signature song. In the 1960s Anka began acting in motion pictures as well as writing songs for them, most notably the theme for the hit film The Longest Day, in which he made a cameo appearance as a US Army Ranger. For his film work he wrote and recorded one of his greatest hits, "Lonely Boy". He also wrote and recorded "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. In 1960 he appeared twice as himself in NBC's short-lived crime drama Dan Raven.
Paul Anka's star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
In 1960, Anka signed with RCA Victor. He bought the rights and ownership of his ABC-Paramount catalog in 1963,[13] but like most North American recording artists saw his career stalled by the British Invasion. By the late 1960s, his career focused on adult contemporary and big-band standards, played regularly in Las Vegas. In the early 1970s he signed with Buddah Records. After more than ten years without a top 25 hit record, he signed with United Artists and in 1974 teamed up with Odia Coates to record the #1 hit, "(You're) Having My Baby". The two would record two more duets that made it into the Top 10, "One Man Woman/One Woman Man" (#7) and "I Don't Like to Sleep Alone" (#8), and the #15 duet "(I Believe) There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love". In 1975 he recorded a jingle for Kodak written by Bill Lane (lyrics) and Roger Nichols (melody) called "Times of Your Life". It became so popular Anka recorded it as a full song, which peaked at #7 in the U.S. pop chart in 1976. The follow-up was another hit that Anka wrote for Sinatra, "Anytime (I'll Be There)", peaking at #33. Anka's last Top 40 hit in the U.S. was in the summer of 1983: "Hold Me 'Til The Mornin' Comes", which included backing vocals from then-Chicago frontman Peter Cetera; it hit #2 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart.[14]


His 1998 album A Body of Work was his first new U.S. studio release since Walk a Fine Line in 1983; vocalists and performers includedCeline DionKenny GPatti LaBelle, and Skyler Jett. The album included a new version of "Hold Me 'Til the Morning Comes", once again performed with Peter Cetera. In 2005, his album of big-band arrangements of contemporary standards, Rock Swings, provided a mainstream comeback of sorts that saw him awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto.
On October 12, 2009, Anka stated that Michael Jackson's new release titled "This Is It" was a collaborative effort between the two in 1983. According to Anka, after recording the song, Jackson decided not to use it and the tune was then recorded and released by Sa-Fire. After Anka threatened to sue for credit and a share of royalties, the administrators of Jackson's estate granted Anka 50% of the copyright.[15] An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from this 1983 session, "Love Never Felt So Good", was discovered shortly thereafter. His album Songs of December charted at #58 in Canada in November 2011.[16]


Already locally famous as a teenage idol for his songs in English, Anka hit the Italian market with "Summer's Gone" in 1960; it was released as "Dove Sei". The record got immediate success, reaching #4 on Italian hit lists,[17] opening a promising foreign career. Anka then underwent an intense collaboration with Italian musicians of the time, including composer/director Ennio Morricone, singer/songwriter Lucio Battisti, and lyricist Mogol. His official discography reports nine singles released by RCA Italy,[18] but the Italian charts list at least six other songs he interpreted or recorded in Italian. His top hit was "Ogni giorno" which scored #1 in 1962, followed by "Piangerò per te" and "Ogni volta", which reached both #2, in 1963 and 1964. "Ogni volta" ("Every Time") was sung by Anka during the Festival di Sanremo of 1964 and then sold more than one million copies in Italy alone; it was also awarded a gold disc.[19]
He returned to San Remo in 1968 with "La farfalla impazzita" by Battisti-Mogol. On that occasion the same title was interpreted by Italian crooner Johnny Dorelli. The pair of singers, however, were eliminated before the final stage of the competition. Anka, maybe only coincidentally, left the Italian scene shortly thereafter. In 2003 Anka came back with an exclusive concert in Bologna, organized by the Italian company Mapei during the CERSAIE exhibition. He recorded a version of "My Way" with alternate lyrics dedicated to the sponsor of the evening.[citation needed]
In 2006 he recorded a duet with 1960s Italian hitmaker Adriano Celentano, a new cover of "Diana," with Italian lyrics by Celentano-Mogol and with singer/songwriter Alex Britti on the guitar.[20] The song hit #3.

Other countries[edit]

With less success than in Italy, Anka tried the French market as well. At least two songs by Anka with French lyrics are known: one reported by the Italian charts ("Faibles Femmes", 1959[17]) and another reported by his official discography ("Comme Avant"[18]) with Mireille Mathieu. A single release in Japanese ("Kokoro No Sasae"/"Shiawase E No Tabiji") is also reported on his discography. In 1993 he recorded a duet with Philippine singer Regine Velasquez entitled "It's Hard to Say Goodbye", included in her album,Reason Enough. This song was re-recorded several years later by Anka and Celine Dion and was included in his album A Body of Work.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Anka was married to Anne de Zogheb, the daughter of Lebanese diplomat Charles de Zogheb, from February 16, 1963, until 2001.[21] They met in 1962 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she was a fashion model on assignment and under contract to the Eileen Ford Agency. Zogheb, brought up in Egypt,[22] is of Lebanese,[22] English,[22] French,[22]Dutch[22] and Greek[22] descent. The couple married the following year in a ceremony at Paris-Orly Airport. She quit modelling after their second child was born. They have five daughters: Amelia, Anthea, Alicia, Amanda (married to actor Jason Bateman), and Alexandra. In 2008, Anka married his personal trainer, Anna Åberg, in Sardinia.[23] They divorced in 2010 and share custody of their son, Ethan. Anna was featured in the Swedish TV show Svenska Hollywoodfruar (Swedish Hollywood wives).
In 1972, a street in Ottawa was named Paul Anka Drive.[24] In 1981, the Ottawa City Council named August 26 as "Paul Anka Day" to celebrate his quarter-century in show business.[25] On September 6, 1990, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.[26]
Anka has written an autobiography, My Way, co-written with David Dalton, with a foreword by Paul Holmgren.

Acting career[edit]

Anka's first acting role in a major film was in a cameo as an army private in The Longest Day (1962). He also composed the title song to the movie. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, he starred in such teen exploitation films as Girls Town (1959) and Look in Any Window (1961), in which he played a peeping tom. He later played an Elvis-hating casino pit manager in 3000 Miles To Graceland (2001) and a yacht broker in Captain Ron (1992). He guest-starred as a murder suspect in The Case of the Maligned Mobster(1991). In October 1995, he appeared in the episode Treehouse of Horror VI on The Simpsons. He made a guest appearance as himself in the episode "Red's Last Day" on That '70s Show. He made several appearances on the NBC TV series Las Vegas.

Other film and television appearances[edit]

Anka was the subject of the 1962 National Film Board of Canada documentary Lonely Boy, considered a classic work of cinema verite.[27] He wrote and performed songs in a 1985 Canadian children's Christmas cartoon, George and the Christmas Star. In American Idol '​s seasons 2 and 3, he made a special appearance and sang an adapted version of "My Way" that mocked the format of the show, as well as participants, judges, and the host. The performance was praised as "One of the Best Moments in American Idol".[citation needed]

Popular culture[edit]

In the mid-1980s,[28] Anka was secretly recorded while launching a tirade against his crew and band members, berating them for behavior that he considered unprofessional. When asked about it on the interview program Fresh Air, he referred to the person who did the recording as a "snake we later fired". The recording became widely known after being uploaded to the Internet and a number of quotes from it have since become famous, including "The guys get shirts!"; "Don't make a maniac out of me!"; and "Slice like a fucking hammer!".[29] Some of the quotes were reproduced verbatim by Al Pacino's character in the 2007 film Ocean's Thirteen.[28]
He was mentioned in the "Fish Licencesketch in the tenth episode of Series 2 (23rd overall) of Monty Python's Flying Circus, which was first broadcast on December 1, 1970. Dealing with a postal clerk (Michael Palin) who thought it absurd to give all of one's pets the same name, Praline, (John Cleese) countered that there was nothing wrong with it, citing Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as an example. To support his argument, he submitted as evidence an entry from the book "Kemal Ataturk, the Man by E.W. Swanton with aforeword by Paul Anka".[30]
On Gilmore GirlsLorelai Gilmore named her Polish Lowland Sheepdog after Anka.[31] Series co-creator Daniel Palladino chose the name after hearing the Rock Swings album at a coffeehouse.[32] In the cold open to the episode The Real Paul Anka, both Paul Ankas were featured in a dream sequence Lorelei describes to her daughter, Rory.[33][34]
On That 70's Show, Paul Anka made a brief cameo in the episode 'Red's Last Day'.


1958Let's RockSelf
1959Verboten!Self, behind opening credits
1959Girls TownJimmy Parlow
1960The Private Lives of Adam and EvePinkie Parker
1961Look in Any WindowCraig Fowler
1961The Seasons of YouthSelfDocumentary
1961Make Room for DaddyPaul Pryor in episode Old Man DannyTV Series
1962The Longest DayU.S. Army Ranger
1965The Red Skelton HourBonnie Prince Gorgeous in episode Nuts of the Round TableTV Series
1974KojakBuddy Maus in episode The BetrayalTV Series
1977Lindsay Wagner: Another Side of MeSelfTV Special
1977Elvis in ConcertNo role - Soundtrack #12: My Way written by Paul AnkaTV Special
1982The Paul Anka ShowHostTV Series
1983The Fall GuyVic Madison in episode Dirty LaundryTV Series
1987Crime StoryAnthony 'Tony' Dio in episode Top of the WorldTV Series
1991Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned MobsterNick AngelTV Movie
1992Captain RonYacht Broker Donaldson
1993Ordinary MagicJoey Dean
1994Shake, Rattle and Rock!SelfTV Movie
1996Mad Dog TimeDanny Marks
20013000 Miles to GracelandPit Boss #1
2005Las Vegas!Self in episode Fake the Money and RunTV Series



YearTitleLabelFormatUS PeakCertification
1958Paul AnkaABC ParamountLP--
1959My Heart SingsABC ParamountCD, LP--
1960Anka at the Copa (live album)ABC ParamountLP23-
1960Swings For Young LoversABC ParamountCD, LP--
1960It's Christmas EverywhereABC ParamountLP--
1962Young, Alive, and In Love!RCALP61-
1962Let's Sit This One OutRCALP137-
19633 Great Guys (Paul Anka, Sam Cooke and Neil Sedaka)RCALP--
1969Goodnight My LoveRCALP101-
1969Life Goes OnRCALP194-
1972Paul AnkaBuddahCD, LP188-
1972JubilationBuddahCD, LP192-
1974AnkaUnited ArtistsCD, LP9Gold
1975FeelingsUnited ArtistsCD, LP36-
1975Times of Your Life (9 of 10 cuts from previous 2 albums)United ArtistsLP22Gold
1976The PainterUnited ArtistsCD, LP85-
1977The Music ManUnited ArtistsLP195-
1978Listen to Your HeartRCALP179-
1979HeadlinesRCACD, LP--
1981Both Sides of LoveRCALP171-
1983Walk a Fine LineColumbiaCD, LP156-
1987Freedom For The World (titled Freedom in Canada)A&MCD, LP--
1989Somebody Loves YouPolydorCD--
1996Amigos (Duets in Spanish)SonyCD--
2005Rock SwingsVerveCD120 (9 UK)-
2007Classic Songs, My WayDeccaCD139-
2011Songs of DecemberDeccaCD--

Compilation Albums[edit]

YearTitleLabelFormatUS PeakCertification
1959Paul Anka Sings His Big 15ABC ParamountCD, LP4-
1961Paul Anka Sings His Big 15, Vol. 2ABC ParamountLP72-
1962Paul Anka Sings His Big 15, Vol. 3ABC ParamountLP--
1962DianaABC ParamountCD, LP--
1963Paul Anka's 21 Golden HitsRCACD, LP65-
1969Diana (Paul Anka sings his Greatest Hits)RCALP--
198930th Anniversary CollectionRhinoCD--
1991Five Decades Greatest HitsCurbCD--
1992Classic HitsCurbCD--
1992My Greatest SongsRCACD--
1993In the 70sRCACD--
2000Vegas StyleTaragonCD--
2003Absolutely the Best of Paul Anka: The 70sEMICD--
2013Dianacally YoursBear FamilyCD--


YearSingle (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart positionsAlbum
1956"I Confess"
b/w "Blau-Wile-Deveest-Fontaine"
------Non-album tracks
b/w "Don't Gamble With Love" (from Paul Anka Sings His Big 15)
2-112-Paul Anka (ABC-Paramount album)
"I Love You, Baby" /97--3--Paul Anka Sings His Big 15
"Tell Me That You Love Me"---25--Big 15, Volume 2
1958"You Are My Destiny"
b/w "When I Stop Loving You (That'll Be The Day)" (from Big 15, Volume 2)
7-146--Paul Anka Sings His Big 15
"Crazy Love" /15--26--
"Let the Bells Keep Ringing"16-----Big 15, Volume 2
b/w "Verboten! (Forbidden)" (Non-album track)
69--26--Paul Anka Sings His Big 15
"Just Young"
b/w "So It's Goodbye" (from My Heart Sings)
80----15Big 15 Volume 2
"The Teen Commandments"*
b/w "If You Learn To Pray" (by Don Costa's Orchestra and Chorus)
29-----Non-album tracks
"(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings"
b/w "That's Love" (from Paul Anka Sings His Big 15)
15--1079My Heart Sings
1959"I Miss You So"
b/w "Late Last Night" (from Big 15, Volume 2)
"Lonely Boy"
b/w "Your Love" (from Big 15, Volume 2)
1-6382Paul Anka Sings His Big 15
"Put Your Head On My Shoulder"
b/w "Don't Ever Leave Me"
"It's Time To Cry"
b/w "Something Has Changed Me" (from Big 15, Volume 2)
1960"Puppy Love" /2--33-3
"Adam and Eve"90----21
"My Home Town" /8----6Big 15, Volume 2
"Something Happened"41-----
"Hello Young Lovers" /23--44-13Paul Anka Swings For Young Lovers
"I Love You In the Same Old Way"40-----Big 15, Volume 2
"Summer's Gone"
b/w "I'd Have To Share"
"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"
b/w "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
104-----It's Christmas Everywhere
"It's Christmas Everywhere"
b/w "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer"
1961"The Story of My Love" /16----26Big 15, Volume 2
"Don't Say You're Sorry"108-----Non-album tracks
"(You Can) Share Your Love"
b/w "I Talk To You (On The Telephone)" (Promo single only)
"Tonight My Love, Tonight"
b/w "I'm Just A Fool Anyway" (Non-album track)
13----8Big 15, Volume 2
"Dance On Little Girl"
b/w "I Talk To You (On The Telephone)" (Non-album track)
"Kissin' On the Phone" /35-----Big 15, Volume 3
"The Bells At My Wedding" /104----26
1962"All Of Me"
b/w "I'm Coming Home"
"The Fools Hall of Fame"
b/w "Far From The Lights Of Town"
"I'd Never Find Another You"
b/w "Uh Huh"
"I'm Coming Home"
b/w "Cry"
"Love Me Warm and Tender"
b/w "I'd Like To Know" (Non-album track)
12--1945-Remember Diana
"A Steel Guitar and a Glass of Wine"
b/w "I Never Knew Your Name" (Non-album track)
"Every Night (Without You)"
b/w "There You Go"
46-----Non-album tracks
"Eso Beso (That Kiss)"
b/w "Give Me Back My Heart" (Non-album track)
19---1423Remember Diana
1963"Love (Makes the World Go Round)"
b/w "Crying In The Wild" (Non-album track)
"Remember Diana"
b/w "At Night" (Non-album track)
"Hello Jim"
b/w "You've Got The Nerve To Call This Love"
97---46-Non-album tracks
"Hurry Up and Tell Me"
b/w "Wondrous Are The Ways Of Love"
"Did You Have a Happy Birthday?"
b/w "For No Good Reason At All"
1964"From Rocking Horse To Rocking Chair"
b/w "Cheer Up"
"My Baby's Comin' Home"
b/w "No, No" (from 3 Great Guys)
"In My Imaginaton"
b/w "It's Easy To Say"
"Ogni Volta (Every Time)"
b/w "Cindy Go Home" (Non-album track)
------A Casa Nostra
b/w "Behind My Smile"
------Non-album tracks
"The Lonliest Boy In The World"
b/w "Dream Me Happy"
"Every Day A Heart Is Broken"
b/w "As If There Were No Tomorrow"
1966"Truly Yours"
b/w "Oh Such A Stranger"
------Strictly Nashville
"I Wish"
b/w "I Went To Your Wedding"
"I Can't Help Loving You"
b/w "Can't Get Along Very Well Without Her"
------Non-album tracks
"Poor Old World"
b/w "I'd Rather Be A Stranger"
1967"Until It's Time For You To Go"
b/w "Would You Still Be My Baby"
"A Woman Is A Sentimental Thing"
b/w "That's How Love Goes"
1968"Can't Get You Out Of My Mind"
b/w "When We Get There" (Non-album track)
------Life Goes On
1969"Goodnight, My Love"
b/w "This Crazy World" (Non-album track)
272----Goodnight My Love
"In the Still of the Night"
b/w "Picking Up The Pieces"
b/w "Next Year" (from Goodnight My Love)
8030----Non-album track
b/w "Can't Get You Out Of My Mind"
8613----Life Goes On
1970"Midnight Mistress"
b/w "Medley: Before It's Too Late/(Remember) This Land Is Your Land"
1971"Why Are You Leaning On Me Sir"
b/w "You're Some Kind Of Friend"
------Non-album tracks
"Do I Love You"
b/w "So Long City" (Non-album track)
5314----Paul Anka (Buddah album)
b/w "Everything's Been Changed" (from Paul Anka--Buddah album)
"Life Song"------
1973"While We're Still Young"
b/w "This Is Your Song"
------Non-album tracks
"Hey Girl"
b/w "You and Me Today" (from Jubilation)
1974"Let Me Get To Know You"
b/w "Flashback" (Non-album track)
"(You're) Having My Baby"**
b/w "Papa"
"One Man Woman/One Woman Man"**
b/w "Let Me Get To Know You"
1975"I Don't Like To Sleep Alone"**
b/w "How Can Anything Be Beautiful-After You" (from Anka)
"(I Believe) There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love"**
b/w "Today I Became A Fool"
"Times of Your Life"
b/w "Water Runs Deep" (from Feelings)
71----Times Of Your Life
1976"Anytime (I'll Be There)"
b/w "Something About You" (from Anka)
"Make It Up To Me In Love"**
b/w "You" (by Odia Coates)
-20----Non-album tracks
b/w "Closing Doors"
6010----The Painter
1977"My Best Friend's Wife"
b/w "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again
(Like I Fell In Love With You)" (from The Painter)
8041----The Music Man
"Everybody Ought To Be In Love"
b/w "Tonight"
1978"Brought Up In New York (Brought Down in L.A.)"
b/w "Love Me Lady"
------Listen To Your Heart
"This Is Love"
b/w "I'm By Myself Again"
1979"As Long As We Keep Believing"
b/w "Headlines"
1981"Think I'm In Love Again"
b/w "We Love Each Other"
------Both Sides Of Love
"I've Been Waiting For You All Of My Life"
b/w "Think I'm In Love Again"
"Lady Lay Down"
b/w "You're Still A Part Of Me"
1983"Hold Me 'Til the Mornin' Comes"
b/w "This Is The First Time"
402----Walk A Fine Line
1984"Second Chance"
b/w "Walk A Fine Line"

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