Personalities | Paul Anka | Fifties | Rock

(Singer-songwriter, b. 1941)

Born in Canada of Lebanese parents, Anka was a child prodigy, whose chart career started with 1957’s multi-million selling UK/US No. 1, ‘Diana’ (written about the family babysitter). 1959’s ‘Lonely Boy’, another US No. 1 was another of his 53 US hit singles by 1983. Rarely a rocker, he duetted with protégée Odia Coates on his third US chart-topper, 1974’s sentimental ‘(You’re) Having My Baby’. Anka also wrote ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’, a big Buddy Holly hit, and British lyrics to Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ signature tune.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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