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Paul Anka

Born 30 July 1941.
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Paul Anka is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame

Tina Marie Wilkins nominates Paul Anka for the Singers Hall of Fame

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Biography

Paul Albert Anka, OC (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". 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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Classic Songs My Way

    Classic Songs My Way 2007

    Reviewed by Michael Quinn
    A baker's dozen of contemporary hits given a late-night Las Vegas casino cabaret sion...
  2. Review of Rock Swings

    Rock Swings 2005

    Reviewed by Antony Hatfield
    It's not funny. It's not post-modern. It's crap.
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