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Anka, Paul 1941–

ANKA, Paul 1941–

PERSONAL

Full name, Paul Albert Anka; born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; son of Andrew Emile, Sr. (a music executive) and Margaret (some sources say Camilia; maiden name, Tannis) Anka; married Anne Alison DeZogheb (a model), February 16, 1963 (divorced, October 2000); children: Alexandra, Amanda (an actress), Alicia, Anthea, and Amelia. Religion: Syrian Orthodox.

Addresses: Agent—William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Office—c/o Paul Anka Productions, 433 N. Camden Dr., Suite 960, Beverly Hills, CA 90210–4413.

Career: Singer, composer, producer, and actor. Bobbysoxers (vocal trio), singer and composer, c. 1955; worked as songwriter in Los Angeles, CA, 1956; ABC Paramount, recording artist, 1957–61; RCA, recording artist, 1962–?; performed on nightclub circuit, c. 1963—; Buddah, recording artist, 1971–72; United Artists, recording artist, 1974–77. Ottawa Senators (National Hockey League team), co–owner, c. 1991.

Member: Broadcast Music, Inc., Friars (New York City; herald).

Awards, Honors: St. Johns University, honorary doctorate, 1981.

CREDITS

Film Appearances:

Himself, Let's Rock (also known as Keep It Cool), Columbia, 1958.

Jimmy Parlow, Girls Town (also known as The Innocent and the Damned), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1959.

Craig Fowler, Look in Any Window, Allied Artists Pictures, 1961.

Pinkie Parker, The Private Lives of Adam and Eve, Universal International Pictures, 1961.

U.S. Army ranger, The Longest Day, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1962.

Himself, Lonely Boy, 1962.

Best of Bandstand (also known as Dick Clark's Best of Bandstand), 1986.

Himself, Iskelmaeprinssi, 1991.

Donaldson, Captain Ron, Buena Vista, 1992.

Joey Dean, Ordinary Magic, 1993.

Himself, Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie, 1995.

Danny Marks, Mad Dog Time (also known as Trigger Happy), United Artists, 1996.

Pit boss #1, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Warner Bros., 2001.

Television Appearances; Series:

Host, The Paul Anka Show, 1982.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Nick Angel, Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster (also known as The Case of the Maligned Mobster), NBC, 1991.

Shake, Rattle and Rock!, Showtime, 1994.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Tom Jones Special, ABC, 1971.

Host, Happy Birthday, America, NBC, 1976.

Paul Anka ... Music My Way, ABC, 1977.

Lindsay Wagner: Another Side of Me, ABC, 1977.

Bing! A 50th Anniversary Gala, CBS, 1977.

Host, Paul Anka in Monte Carlo, CBS, 1978.

Himself, Cinderella at the Palace, CBS, 1978.

Las Vegas: Palace of Stars, CBS, 1979.

Host, CBS' Happy New Year America 1979, CBS, 1979.

Sinatra: The First 40 Years, NBC, 1980.

Himself, Lily: Sold Out, CBS, 1981.

Host, "Episode 2: The Teen Idol Years 1959–63," The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll (documentary), 1981.

The All–Star Salute to Ford's Theatre, CBS, 1986.

The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills, ABC, 1989.

Candid Camera ... Funny Money, CBS, 1990.

Voices That Care, Fox, 1991.

Holiday Greetings from the Ed Sullivan Show, CBS, 1992.

Concert of the Americas, PBS, 1994.

American Bandstand's No. 1 Hits, NBC, 1994.

Television's Greatest Performances, ABC, 1995.

Paul Anka: Night of a Lifetime, PBS, 2000.

Himself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Songs (also known as AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies), 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

American Bandstand, 1957, 1981, 1983.

The Ed Sullivan Show, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1969.

The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show, 1958, 1959, 1960.

Himself, The Perry Como Show, NBC, 1958.

"The Satchel Man," Dan Raven, 1960.

Mystery guest, What's My Line?, CBS, 1962, 1964, 1965.

Himself, I've Got a Secret, CBS, 1962.

Panelist, Password, CBS, 1963, 1964.

Host, Hullabaloo, NBC, 1965, 1966.

Himself, The Dean Martin Show, NBC, 1966.

The Hollywood Palace, 1966.

Kraft Music Hall, 1968.

Himself, This Is Tom Jones, ABC, 1969.

The Music Scene, 1969.

Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1969, 1970.

Himself, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, 1971.

The Midnight Special, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976.

Buddy Maus, "The Betrayal," Kojak, CBS, 1974.

Dinah!, 1976.

Vic Madison, "Dirty Laundry," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1983.

Anthony "Tony" Dio, "Top of the World," Crime Story, NBC, 1987.

Voice of himself, "Treehouse of Horror VI," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1995.

Himself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996.

Himself, "Red's Last Day," That '70s Show, Fox, 1999.

Himself, Larry King Live, CNN, 2000.

Himself, "Destiny: The Life and Times of Paul Anka," Life and Times, CBC, 2003.

Himself, American Idol: The Search for a Superstar, Fox, 2003, 2004.

Himself, "Things That Go Jump in the Night," Las Vegas, NBC, 2004.

Guest, Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 2004.

Television Work; Specials:

Executive producer, Paul Anka: Night of a Lifetime, PBS, 2000.

Stage Appearances:

Sammy Glick, What Makes Sammy Run?, 54th Street Theatre, New York City, 1964.

Paul Anka, Uris Theatre, New York City, 1976.

RECORDINGS

Singles:

"Diana," ABC, 1957.

"I Love You, Baby," ABC, 1957.

"You Are My Destiny," ABC, 1958.

"Crazy Love," ABC, 1958.

"Let the Bells Keep Ringing," ABC, 1958.

"Midnight," ABC, 1958.

"Just Young," ABC, 1958.

"All of a Sudden My Heart Sings," ABC, 1958.

"I Miss You So," ABC, 1959.

"Lonely Boy," ABC, 1959.

"Put Your Head on My Shoulder," ABC, 1959.

"It's Time to Cry," ABC, 1959.

"Puppy Love," ABC, 1960.

"My Home Town," ABC, 1960.

"Something Happened," ABC, 1960.

"Hello, Young Lovers," ABC, 1960.

"I Love You in the Same Old Way," ABC, 1960.

"Summer's Gone," ABC, 1960.

"The Story of My Love," ABC, 1961.

"Tonight, My Love, Tonight," ABC, 1961.

"Dance On, Little Girl," ABC, 1961.

"Kissin' on the Phone," ABC, 1961.

"Cinderella," ABC, 1961.

"Love Me Warm and Tender," RCA, 1962.

"A Steel Guitar and a Glass of Wine," RCA, 1962.

"Every Night," RCA, 1962.

"Eso Beso," RCA, 1962.

"Love Makes the World Go 'Round," RCA, 1963.

"Remember Diana," RCA, 1963.

"Hello, Jim," RCA, 1963.

"Did You Have a Happy Birthday," RCA, 1963.

Albums:

Paul Anka, 1958.

My Heart Sings, 1959.

Swings for Young Lovers, 1960.

At the Copa, 1960.

It's Christmas Everywhere, 1960.

Instrumental Hits, 1961.

Diana, 1962.

Young, Alive and in Love, 1962.

Let's Sit This One Out, 1962.

Our Man Around the World, 1963.

Italiano, 1963.

Songs I Wish I'd Written, 1963.

Excitement on Park Avenue, 1964.

Strictly Nashville, 1965.

Live, 1967.

Goodnight My Love, 1969.

Sincerely, 1969.

Life Goes On, 1969.

Paul Anka in the '70s, 1970.

Paul Anka, Buddah, 1971.

Jubilation, Buddah, 1972.

Anka, United Artists, 1974.

Feelings, United Artists, 1975.

Live, 1975.

Time of Your Life, United Artists, 1975.

The Painter, United Artists, 1976.

The Music Man, United Artists, 1977.

Listen to Your Heart, 1978.

Headlines, 1979.

Both Sides of Love, 1981.

Walk a Fine Line, 1983.

Live, 1984.

WRITINGS

Film Songs:

Faibles femmes (also known as Le donne sono deboli, Three Murderesses, and Women Are Weak), National Trade Associates, 1959.

Girls Town (also known as The Innocent and the Damned), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1959.

(Title song) Look in Any Window, Allied Artists Pictures, 1961.

A ritmo de twist, 1962.

(Theme) The Longest Day, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1962.

Film Scores:

(With Burt Bacharach) Together?, 1979.

Television Songs; Series:

"Johnny's theme," The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (also known as The Best of Carson), NBC, 1962.

Television Songs; Specials:

George and the Christmas Star, 1985.

OTHER SOURCES

Books:

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Schirmer, 2001.

Contemporary Musicians, Volume 2, Gale Research, 1989.

Periodicals:

Maclean's, October 14, 2002, p. 66.

Saturday Night, December, 1994, p. 133.

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Anka, Paul

Paul Anka

Singer, songwriter

For the Record

Selected discography

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Canadian-born singer and songwriter Paul Anka had his first hit record, Diana, in 1957 when he was only fifteen years old. His was no one-shot teen novelty recording, eitherAnka followed Diana with a string of hits that lasted into the early 1960s. When his popularity on the United States rock and roll scene faded, he began to aim his music at older, non-rock audiences and at his European and Asian fans, by whom he was greatly celebrated. A prolific writer, Anka also penned many hits for other recording artists, including Buddy Holly and Tom Jones, and he is responsible for the ballad standard My Way, a huge success for both Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. In 1974 Anka scored a triumphant pop comeback with Youre Having My Baby and has since pursued fame with other hits, including I Dont Like to Sleep Alone, Theres Nothing Stronger Than Our Love, and The Times of Your Life.

Anka was born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His parents were immigrants from Lebanon who owned a successful restaurant frequented by Ottawas show people. As a small child, Anka delighted in imitating popular singers and performing for neighborhood housewives, paperboys, and sanitation workers. He soon learned a little piano and taught himself how to play the guitar. Anka was generally uninspired by school, except for writing classes, and once intended to become either an actor or a writer, but the allure of music gradually swayed him from these early ambitions. When rock and roll began to flood the music world, Anka was only in his teens but nonetheless was convinced that he could create songs just as good, if not better, than the ones he was hearing on the radio. He began to compose, taking inspiration from Arabic chant melodies that his parents had brought with them from Lebanon and from the rhyming schemes of poet and playwright William Shakespeare.

Anka also formed a vocal trio called the Bobbysoxers with some friends; they played at local dances and at the Central Canada Exhibition of 1955. He also won a competition at the Fairmount Club in Ottawa, receiving as his prize a weeks engagement at the club. Anka took his earnings from this and traveled to Los Angeles, California, in hopes that his uncle, Maurice Anka, a nightclub entertainer, could help him get his music published. Though a recording company there bought one of his songs, it didnt sell, and Anka had to work as a movie usher to earn his way back home to Ottawa.

In 1957, however, when Anka borrowed money from his father to go to New York City in hopes of publishing his music, he scored a resounding success. The fifteen-year-old performed a song he had written about his unrequited love for a girl three years older than himself,

For the Record

Full name, Paul Albert Anka; born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; son of Andrew and Camilia (Tannis) Anka (owners of a restaurant); married Anne de Zogheb (a fashion model), February 16, 1963; children: five daughters. Religion: Syrian Orthodox.

Singer and composer with vocal trio the Bobbysoxers, beginning 1955; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., c. 1956, and tried to establish himself as a songwriter; sold one song and worked as a theater usher to earn enough money to return home to Canada; moved to New York City, 1957, and signed a contract with ABC Paramount to record his first hit, Diana. Has appeared in a number of films, including Girls Town, 1959, The Private Lives of Adam and Eve, 1960, Look in Any Window, 1960, and The Longest Day, 1962. Host of his own syndicated television variety show, 1973.

Addresses: Home Las Vegas, Nevada; and northern California. Office c/o United Artists Records, 6920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Calif. 90028.

Diana Ayoub, for the executives of ABC Paramount. The recording company was so excited by what they heard that, presumably because Anka was a minor, they asked his father to come to New York as soon as possible to sign a contract.

Ankas song, Diana, was an enormous hit and sold over 8, 500, 000 copies, making it the second best-selling record ever, after crooner Bing Crosbys rendition of White Christmas. Anka followed Diana with many other records that were snapped up by teenagers, including You Are My Destiny in 1958, Lonely Boy and Put Your Head on My Shoulder in 1959, and Puppy Love, about his then steady date, actress Annette Funicello, in 1960. Anka also traveled across the United States and Canada with rock and roll acts like Buddy Holly, for whom he wrote It Doesnt Matter Anymore, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, and Fats Domino. And, as part of being considered a teen idol, he was persuaded by his manager to have plastic surgery on his nose, lost weight, and appeared in the films Girls Town, The Private Lives of Adam and Eve, and Look in Any Window. Anka received little if any praise for his acting in these vehicles but fared better with critics in the 1962 film The Longest Day, for which he also composed the music.

When the advent of British groups like the Beatles caused Ankas popularity with American teenagers to wane, he began to concentrate on adult nightclub audiences, such as those who frequented New York Citys Copacabana, Los Angeles, Californias, Coconut Grove, and Las Vegas, Nevadas, Sahara. He toured Europe with great success, and focused more on his songwriting abilities. I like to have four or five songs going at once, Anka explained to a writer for Time magazine. Among the hits he has composed for other artists, in addition to the stunning My Way, is Shes a Lady, recorded by Welsh singer Tom Jones. Anka also wrote the theme for Johnny Carsons Tonight Show.

But in 1974, Anka came back with a controversial hit of his own, Youre Having My Baby. Inspired by the childbearing experiences he shared with his wife, Ann de Zogheb, Baby includes the passage, as quoted by Time, Didnt have to keep it/Wouldnt put you through it/You could have swept it from your life/But you wouldnt do it, that caused both right-to-life and pro-abortion groups to protest the song. So did feminists, continued Time, although Baby is rare among macho pop songs in that it acknowledges a womans autonomy. Maureen Orth, commenting in Newsweek, labeled the song a musical miscarriage but quoted Ankas response to charges of sexism: I cant hand out a pamphlet every time I write a song. Anka has since had other pop successes, including the mellow The Times of Your Life, which began as a commercial jingle for Kodak film.

Selected discography

Major single releases

Diana, ABC, 1957.

I Love You, Baby, ABC, 1957.

You Are My Destiny, ABC, 1958.

Crazy Love, ABC, 1958.

Let the Bells Keep Ringing, ABC, 1958.

Midnight, ABC, 1958.

Just Young, ABC, 1958.

All of a Sudden My Heart Sings, ABC, 1958.

I Miss You So, ABC, 1959.

Lonely Boy, ABC, 1959.

Put Your Head on My Shoulder, ABC, 1959.

Its Time to Cry, ABC, 1959.

Puppy Love, ABC, 1960.

My Home Town, ABC, 1960.

Something Happened, ABC, 1960.

Hello, Young Lovers, ABC, 1960.

I Love You in the Same Old Way, ABC, 1960.

Summers Gone, ABC, 1960.

The Story of My Love, ABC, 1961.

Tonight, My Love, Tonight, ABC, 1961.

Dance On, Little Girl, ABC, 1961.

Kissin on the Phone, ABC, 1961.

Cinderella, ABC, 1961.

Love Me Warm and Tender, RCA, 1962.

A Steel Guitar and a Glass of Wine, RCA, 1962.

Every Night, RCA, 1962.

Eso Beso, RCA, 1962.

Love Makes the World Go Round, RCA, 1963.

Remember Diana, RCA, 1963.

Hello, Jim, RCA, 1963.

Did You Have a Happy Birthday? RCA, 1963.

LPs

Paul Anka (includes Do I Love You), Buddah, 1971.

Jubilation, Buddah, 1972.

Anka (includes Youre Having My Baby and One Man WomanOne Woman Man), United Artists, 1974.

Feelings (includes I Dont Like to Sleep Alone and Theres Nothing Stronger Than Our Love), United Artists, 1975.

Times of Your Life, United Artists, 1975.

The Painter, United Artists, 1976.

The Music Man (includes Everybody Ought to Be in Love), United Artists, 1977.

Sources

House and Garden, September, 1984.

Newsweek, February 24, 1975.

Time, December 8, 1975.

Elizabeth Thomas

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