- Paul Anka
Infobox musical artist
Name = Paul Anka
Img_capt = Paul Anka receiving the
Order of Canadafrom Governor General Adrienne Clarksonin a ceremony performed at Rideau Hallon Friday, June 10, 2005
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Paul Albert Anka
Born = birth date and age|1941|7|30,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Instrument = Vocals,
Genre = Pop
Years_active = 1955 - Present
Paul Mustapha Abdi Anka, (
Arabic: بول مصطفى عبدي أنكا) OC (born 30 July 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor of Lebanese origin. [http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608001205/Paul-Anka.html Paul Anka Biography ] ] He became a naturalized US citizen in 1990.cite web | url = http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0000084| title =Anka, Paul| accessdate =2007-03-26 | publisher = The Canadian Encyclopedia]
Anka first became famous as a
teen idolin the late 1950s and 1960s with hits 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", Tom Jones' biggest hit " She's A Lady," and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song"My Way."
Anka's parents, who owned a restaurant, were of Lebanese
Christian( Maronite) descent.Ref label|A|a|none He sang with the St ElijahSyrian Antiochian Orthodox Churchchoir under the direction of Frederick Karam with whom he studied music theory. He also studied piano with Winnifred Rees. [Paul Anka bio, [http://www.history-of-rock.com/paul_anka.htm History of Rock] .]
Anka recorded his first single "
I Confess" at age 14. In 1957 he went to New York Citywhere he auditioned for Don Costaat 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.Paul Anka bio, [http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/734443?brand=none#bio Ticketmaster.com] ] The song, "Diana", brought Anka instant stardom as it rocketed to number one on the charts. [cite web | title= Canadian Charts from 1957 - 1986| work=1050chum.com|url=http://www.1050chum.com/index_chumcharts.aspx Retrieved November 26 2006] "Diana" is one of the best selling 45s in music history. [cite web | title= Gold & Platinum certification of albums at RIAA| work=www.riaa.com|url=http://www.riaa.com/gp/database/search_results.asp Retrieved November 26 2006] He followed up with four songs that made it into the Top 20 in 1958, [cite web | title= U.S Billboard chart rankings| work=billboard.com|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/charts/yearend_chart_index.jsp Retrieved November 26 2006] 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.
His talent went beyond singing the theme for "The Tonight 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 Funicelloin 1959 as "It's Really Love"); Tom Jones' biggest hit record "She's a Lady"; and 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". 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 1960 Anka signed with RCA Records, but like most North American recording artists, saw his career stalled by the
British Invasion. In the early seventies he signed with Buddah Records. After more than ten years without a hit record, he signed with United Artists, and in 1974, he teamed up with Odia Coatesto record the number one hit, " (You're) Having My Baby." They would record two more duets that both made it into the Top 10. These were "I Don't Like to Sleep Alone" (#8) and "One Man Woman/One Woman Man" (#7). In 1975, he recorded a jinglefor Kodak called " Times of Your Life". The jingle, written by Bill Laneand Roger Nichols, became so popular that Anka recorded it as a full song, and it became a hit a year later, peaking at #7 in the U.S. pop charts.
By the 1970s, Anka's career centered around adult contemporary and big-band standards, played regularly in Las Vegas. On
September 6, 1990, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. In 2005, his album " Rock Swings", comprising big-band arrangements of contemporary standards, provided a mainstream comeback of sorts and saw Anka awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Famein Toronto.
In 1999, he visited
Lebanonfor sell-out performances at the Beirut Hall ( sin el fil ) .
Paul Anka was elected to the
Canadian Music Hall of Fame[cite web | title= Canada's Walk of Fame inductees | work=canadaswalkoffame.com |url=http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com Retrieved November 26 2006] in 1980. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame[cite web | title=Hollywood Walk of Fame inductees| work=hollywoodchamber.net|url=http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/icons/walk_directory.asp Retrieved November 26 2006] . at 6840 Hollywood Blvd. Anka has also received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame, [cite web | title= Juno Awards/Canadian Music Hall of Fame winner and nominations| work=juno-awards.ca|url=http://www.juno-awards.ca Retrieved November 26 2006] . in 2005. In 1991, the Government of Francehonored him with the title 'Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters'. He was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada[cite web | title=The Order of Canada member list| work=nndb.com|url=http://www.nndb.com/honors/490/000032394/ November 26 2006] in 2005.
Anka was inducted into the
Songwriters Hall of Famein 1993.
In December 2007, Paul Anka was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
In October of 1995, he appeared in "
Treehouse of Horror VI" on " The Simpsons".
On the CW show "
Gilmore Girls", Lorelai named her new dog Paul Anka. He also made a guest appearance as himself in the episode 'The Real Paul Anka', which aired April 11, 2006.
He became infamous among musicians, and more recently, Internet users for a mid-1970s after-show tirade which was secretly recorded by a 'snake we later fired' (Anka: "
Fresh Air" interview). The diatribe, in which Anka berates his crew and band members, has spawned a number of in-jokereferences and quotations, the main ones being: 'The guys get shirts', 'Don't make a maniac out of me', and 'Slice like a hammer.' [cite web | title=YouTube: Paul Anka - "...the way it is." |url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LsnW0WZlKQ] Some are reproduced verbatim by Al Pacino's character in the film " Oceans 13".
He was married to Anne de Zogheb, the daughter of Lebanese diplomat Count
Charles de Zogheb, from February 16, 1963to September 28, 2000Fact|date=September 2007. Anka met de Zogheb in San Juan, Puerto Ricoin 1962. Of English, Lebanese, French, Dutch and Greek descent, she was a fashion model on assignment and under contract to the Eileen Ford Agency. The couple married the following year in a ceremony at Orly Airportin Paris. De Zogheb quit modeling after their second child, Amanda, was born. They have five daughters: Amelia, Anthea, Alicia, Amanda (wife of actor Jason Bateman) and Alexandra.
Anka has a son, Ethan (born 2005), with girlfriend Anna Yeager. [cite web | title= Paul Anka will always do it his way| url=http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/A/Anka_Paul/2008/02/29/4883738-sun.html] Anka and Yeager were married in Sardinia during the summer of 2008.
He is the grandfather of Francesca Nora Bateman, born October 2006.
trained relations with Ottawa
Paul Anka has had an on-again/off-again relationship with his hometown of
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. After a 1981 performance for which he received a negative review, he swore off performing in Ottawa. He returned for a performance in April 2002 at a fundraiser gala at the Ottawa Congress Centre. [Citation |newspaper=The Ottawa Citizen |date= October 24, 2001|pages=pg. F1 |title=Anka to perform in Ottawa for first time in 20 years: The singer's self-imposed exile from his home town will end next spring, with a gala fundraiser for the Canadian Liver Foundation]
In 1981, Ottawa City Council named
August 26, 1981'Paul Anka Day' to celebrate his 25th anniversary in show-business. [Citation |newspaper=The Globe and Mail | July 17, 1981|title=Ottawa honors Anka |pages=pg. 2] A street in Ottawa is named 'Paul Anka Drive' in his honour.
In 1991, he signed an investment agreement with the new
Ottawa SenatorsNHL franchise. The agreement ended up being dissolved in an out-of-court settlement in 1993.
*"Crazy Love" (1958)
You Are My Destiny" (1958)
It's Time to Cry" (1959)
*"Lonely Boy" (1959)
I Miss You So" (1959)
(All of A Sudden) My Heart Sings" (1959)
Put Your Head on My Shoulder" (1959)
*"Puppy Love" (1960)
Tonight My Love, Tonight" (1961)
Eso Beso (That Kiss)" (1962)
Do I Love You" (1972)
(You're) Having My Baby" (1974) - Duet with Odia Coates
I Don't Like to Sleep Alone" (1974) - Duet with Odia Coates
One Man Woman/One Woman Man" (1974) - Duet with Odia Coates
Times of Your Life" (1975)
The Painter" (1977)
The Music Man" (1977)
Walk a Fine Line" (1983)
It's Hard to Say Goodbye" (1986) - Duet with Regine Velasquez
Somebody Loves You" (1989)
It's Hard to Say Goodbye' (1998) - Duet with Celine Dion
Rock Swings" # 9 UK (2005)
Classic Songs, My Way" (2007)
Lonely Boy (film)"
Music of Canada
*imdb name|id=0001912|name=Paul Anka
* [http://www.paulanka.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Paul+Anka "Videos"]
* [http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.php?id=1663 Paul Anka Interview] on
The Hourwith George Stroumboulopoulos
* [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/30/sunday/main3221935.shtml??source=RSS&attr=_3221935 Paul Anka Interview] on
CBS News Sunday Morning( August 30, 2007)
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