Paul Albert Anka (born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a Lebanese-Canadian singer and songwriter. He began singing as a child, first starting in the St Elijah Syrian Orthodox Church choir in Ottawa. As a student at Ottawa's Fisher Park High School he was part of a trio called the Bobby Soxers. Encouraged by his parents, at age 14 he recorded his first single, I Confess. ...show more
Paul Albert Anka (born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a Lebanese-Canadian singer and songwriter. He began singing as a child, first starting in the St Elijah Syrian Orthodox Church choir in Ottawa. As a student at Ottawa's Fisher Park High School he was part of a trio called the Bobby Soxers. Encouraged by his parents, at age 14 he recorded his first single, I Confess.
In 1957 he went to New York City where he auditioned for ABC, singing a lovestruck verse he had written to a former babysitter, Diana Ayoub. The song, Diana, brought Anka instant stardom as it rocketed to number one on the charts. Diana is one of the best selling 45s in music history. He followed up with four songs that made it into the Top 20 in 1958, making him one of the biggest teen idols of the time.
He toured Britain and then, with Buddy Holly, toured Australia. His talent went beyond singing, writing Buddy Holly's giant hit, It Doesn't Matter Anymore, the theme for Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Tom Jones' biggest hit record, She's A Lady, and the English lyrics for My Way, Frank Sinatra's signature song and sung by many well known artists, including Greta Keller, for whom the words were very fitting. In the 1960s, Anka would begin acting in motion pictures as well as writing songs for them, most notably the theme for the hit movie The Longest Day. From his movie work, he wrote and recorded his monster hit, Lonely Boy. ...show less
Albums & Singles by Paul Anka
The Pop Singer (Original Recordings)
Playing for Time
The Man On the Boat
His All Time Greatest Hits - 30th Anniversary Collection
The Trail of the Lonesone Pine and More Hits
Merry Christmas Swing
The Best of the Best
Best of Paul Anka
Golden Oldies - The Soundtrack of Your Life (100 Classic Radio Hits)
Complete Singles A's & B's 1956-1961
Paul Anka Swings For Young Lovers
Six Pack - Paul Anka - EP
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Secret Spy Lounge
Radio2 Top 2000
Gimme All Your Lovin'
Frankie & Benny's
Canada's ultimate songs of all time
Easy Listening - Soft Rock
'70s FM (All 70s Radio)
Music from The Todd Glass Show
Vintage - old songs (30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s)
Gaming Mode 1
The Best English Songs of All-Time
Middle Aged Cocktail Party Mix
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The Teen Years
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