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From an early age Paul Anka had a dream to make it as a singer and composer. By 13, he had his own vocal group, the Bobbysoxers. He performed at every amateur night he could get to in his mothers car, unbeknownst to her of course. In 1957, he scored a meeting with Don Costa, the A&R man for ABC-Paramount Records. He played him a batch of songs that included “Diana”– Costa was duly enthusiastic about the potential of the young singer and songwriter. The rapid and enormous success of “Diana”- his first number one hit – made him a star.
By the ‘70s, the success of “My Way” and a string of hits like “(You’re) Having My Baby” confirmed his status as an icon of popular music. His later achievements as a recording artist included “Hold Me ‘Til the Morning Comes,”, the Spanish-language album Amigos, and Body of Work. It was revealed upon its release in 2009, that Anka co-wrote Michael Jackson’s posthumous #1 worldwide hit, “This Is It.”
Paul Anka’s long awaited autobiography, “My Way An Autobiography”, and album “Duets”, featuring duets with Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Michael Buble, Celine Dion and more are out now. Anka’s two most recent albums – Rock Swings and Classic Songs, My Way – ingeniously featured songs originally created by some of the biggest rock performers of the day but the twist: Paul Anka did the songs ‘his way.’
Presented by Count Basie Theatre & AM Productions