Paul Anka

Posted on June 13, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Paul Anka was born on July 30, 1941 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. By the age of 12, he thought he would become a journalist or a lawyer, but he dropped out of a shorthand class to study music. He entered amateur talent contests and did impersonations of Johnnie Ray and Frankie Laine.

When Paul was 13, he spent the summer in Los Angeles, worked at the Civic Playhouse, where he parked cars and sold candy. He spent his free time at Wallich’s Music City, a huge record store, listening to the latest records in customer booths.

Paul was 15 years old when he wrote "Diana" a love song for his younger brother and sister’s babysitter. Paul had a huge crush on the babysitter. He wrote a poem and sent it to her. Later he set it to music and "Diana" became an international hit.

By 1959, Paul was one of the youngest, most successful singer/song writers in the business. He was internationally famous, traveling all over the world. In 1959 "Lonely Boy" was his second number one hit.

Paul had two number two hits "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" and "Puppy Love"….the latter was written about a crush he had on Annette Funicello. Paul and Annette worked on an album and toured together. Paul was told he was experiencing puppy love, which inspired the song.

His success as a songwriter for others was foreshadowed in 1958 when he wrote "It Doesn’t Matter Anymore" for his friend, Buddy Holly.

In 1971, Anka wrote Tom Jones’ biggest hit "She’s a Lady."

Paul bought the rights to a melody adapted from a French ballad, wrote new words and gave it to Frank Sinatra to record. The song was "My Way." Paul also wrote the music for the film "The Longest Day."

Another Paul Anka theme that was heard five times a week, to the tune of $30,000 a year in royalties, was the theme for NBC-TV’s "The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson."

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