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Paul Anka

Paul Anka receiving the Order of Canada from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in a ceremony performed at Rideau Hall on Friday, June 10, 2005
Background information
Birth name Paul Albert Anka
Born July 30, 1941 (1941-07-30) (age 66), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Origin Ottawa, Ontario
Genre(s) Pop
Jazz
Rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals, Piano
Years active 1955 - Present

Paul Albert Anka, OC (born 30 July 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian-born American singer, songwriter, and actor of Assyrian origin.[1] He became a naturalized US citizen in 1990.[2] Image File history File links PaulAnkaOrderofCanada. ... The Order of Canada is the highest civilian honour within the Canadian system of honours, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the orders Latin motto, taken from Hebrews 11:16, desiderantes meliorem patriam, meaning they desire a better country. ... A Governor-General is most generally a governor of high rank, or a principal governor ranking above ordinary governors. ... Adrienne Louise Clarkson (née Poy) (Chinese: ; Pinyin: , Hakka: Ńg Pên-kî, Cantonese: Ng5 Bing1 zi1), PC, CC, CMM, COM, CD, LL.D (honoris causa) (born February 10, 1939) is an accomplished Canadian journalist and stateswoman. ... Rideau Hall is the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, and is the place of residence of the Monarch of Canada when visiting Ottawa. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... -1... This article is about the Canadian province. ... -1... This article is about the Canadian province. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... This article is about the genre. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition (chords) or melody to songs, or both. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making music. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... Pianoforte redirects here. ... The Order of Canada is the highest civilian honour within the Canadian system of honours, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the orders Latin motto, taken from Hebrews 11:16, desiderantes meliorem patriam, meaning they desire a better country. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... -1... This article is about the Canadian province. ... blah ...


Anka first became famous as a teen idol in 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. For other uses, see Teen idol (disambiguation). ... Diana is a 1957 #1 hit single that was made famous by Paul Anka. ... Lonely Boy is the name of a song written and recorded by Paul Anka in 1959. ... Put Your Head on My Shoulder is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka. ... The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a late-night talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise from 1962 to 1992. ... For other uses, see Tom Jones (disambiguation). ... Sinatra redirects here. ... A signature song is the one song (or, in some cases, one of a few songs) that a popular and well-established singer, or band, is most closely identified with, even if they have had success with a variety of songs. ... This article is about the song made famous by Frank Sinatra. ...

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Early life

Anka's parents, who owned a restaurant, were of Lebanese Christian (Maronite) descent.[a] He sang with the St Elijah Syrian Antiochian Orthodox Church choir under the direction of Frederick Karam with whom he studied music theory. He also studied piano with Winnifred Rees.[3] For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... Maronites (Marunoye ܡܪܘܢܝܐܶ; in Syriac, Mâruniyya مارونية in Arabic) are members of an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Pope of Rome. ... The Antiochian Orthodox Church is one of the five churches that composed the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church before the Great Schism, and today is one of the autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Churches. ...


Career

Early success

Anka recorded his first single I Confess at age 14. In 1957 he went to New York City where he auditioned for Don Costa at ABC, singing a lovestruck verse he had written to a former babysitter.[4] The song, Diana, brought Anka instant stardom as it rocketed to number one on the charts.[5] Diana is one of the best selling 45s in music history.[6] He followed up with four songs that made it into the Top 20 in 1958,[7] making him, at 17, one of the biggest teen idols of the time. He toured Britain and then, with Buddy Holly, he toured Australia. I Confess is a 1953 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Montgomery Clift as Fr. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Don Costa (July 10, 1925 – January 19, 1983) was a United States pop music arranger and record producer. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Diana is a 1957 #1 hit single that was made famous by Paul Anka. ... For other uses, see Teen idol (disambiguation). ... For the Weezer song, see Buddy Holly (song). ...

1960 45 record single of Puppy Love

His talent went beyond singing, writing Buddy Holly's giant hits It Doesn't Matter Anymore, 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 Funicello in 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. Image File history File links Anka2-2. ... Image File history File links Anka2-2. ... For other uses, see Puppy love (disambiguation). ... Annette Joanne Funicello (born October 22, 1942) is an American singer and actress. ... For other uses, see Tom Jones (disambiguation). ... This article is about the song made famous by Frank Sinatra. ... Sinatra redirects here. ...


In the 1960s Anka would begin 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 hit, Lonely Boy. 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. The Longest Day is a 3-hour-long 1962 war film with a very large cast, based on the 1959 book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, during World War II. // The movie was adapted by Romain Gary, James... Lonely Boy is the name of a song written and recorded by Paul Anka in 1959. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...


Comeback

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. After more than ten years without a hit record, he signed with United Artists, and in 1974, he teamed up with Odia Coates to record the number 1 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 jingle for Kodak called 'The Times of Your Life'. The jingle, written by Bill Lane and 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. For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... Odia Coates (1942 - May 19, 1991) was an American singer. ... A jingle is a memorable slogan, set to an engaging melody, mainly broadcast on radio and sometimes on television commercials. ... Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) is a large multinational public company producing photographic equipment. ... For the songwriter, please see Roger Nichols (songwriter) Roger Nichols was a nuclear engineer until he turned his hobby of audio recording into a career as a recording engineer and producer. ... See also: 1970s in music. ...


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 Fame in Toronto. is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... A judge swears in a new citizen. ... Rock Swings is an album by Paul Anka. ... A Walk of Fame is a public installation which honours celebrities by embedding star-shaped tiles bearing the names of famous people in a sidewalk. ...


In 1999, he visited Lebanon for sell-out performances at the Forum de Beyrouth (The Beirut Forum).


Recognition

Paul Anka was elected to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame[8] in 1980. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame[9]. at 6840 Hollywood Blvd. Anka has also received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame,[10]. in 2005. In 1991, the Government of France honored him with the title 'Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters'. He was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada[11] in 2005. The Canadian Music Hall of Fame honors Canadian musicians for their lifetime achievements in music. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... Canadas Walk of Fame acknowledges the achievements and accomplishments of successful Canadians. ... The Order of Canada is the highest civilian honour within the Canadian system of honours, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the orders Latin motto, taken from Hebrews 11:16, desiderantes meliorem patriam, meaning they desire a better country. ...


Anka was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993. The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ...


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. Treehouse of Horror VI is the sixth episode of The Simpsons seventh season, as well as the sixth Halloween episode. ... Simpsons redirects here. ...


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. Gilmore Girls is a long-running, Emmy Award winning, and Golden Globe nominated American television drama/comedy created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. ...


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-joke references and quotations, the main ones being: 'The guys get shirts', 'Don't make a maniac out of me', and 'Slice like a hammer.' For the Scottish student radio station, see Fresh Air (Edinburgh). ... An in joke is a joke whose humour is clear only to those people who are in a group that has some prior knowledge (not known by the whole population) that makes the joke humorous. ...


Personal life

He was married to Anne De Zogheb, the daughter of Lebanese diplomat Count Charles de Zogheb, from February 16, 1963 to September 28, 2000[citation needed]. Anka met De Zogheb in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 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 Airport in Paris. De Zogheb quit modelling after their second child, Amanda, was born. They have five daughters: Amelia, Anthea, Alicia, Amanda (wife of actor Jason Bateman) and Alexandra. is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... For other uses, see San Juan. ... This article is about the English as an ethnic group and nation. ... The Dutch (Ethnonym: Nederlanders meaning Lowlanders) are the dominant ethnic group[1] of the Netherlands[2]. They are usually seen as a Germanic people. ... The Ford Modeling Agency or as it is known today, Ford Models, was established in 1946 by Eileen and Jerry Ford. ... Diagram of Orly airport Orly Airport (IATA: ORY, ICAO: LFPO) is an airport located in Orly and partially in Villeneuve-le-Roi, south of Paris, France ( ). It has flights to cities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... Jason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969) is a Golden Globe-winning and Emmy Award-nominated American actor. ...


Anka has a son, Ethan (born 2005), with girlfriend Anna Yeager.[12].


He is the grandfather of Francesca Nora Bateman, born October 2006.


Strained 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 fund-raiser gala at the Ottawa Congress Centre.[13]-1... This article is about the Canadian province. ...


In 1981, Ottawa City Council named August 26, 1981 'Paul Anka Day' to celebrate his 25th anniversary in show-business.[14] A street in Ottawa is named 'Paul Anka Drive' in his honour. is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1991, he signed an investment agreement with the new Ottawa Senators NHL franchise. The agreement ended up being dissolved in an out-of-court settlement in 1993. For other uses, see Ottawa Senators (disambiguation). ...


Partial discography

Diana is a 1957 #1 hit single that was made famous by Paul Anka. ... Lonely Boy is the name of a song written and recorded by Paul Anka in 1959. ... Put Your Head on My Shoulder is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka. ... Feelings is a song by Morris Albert, first recorded by him as the title track of his 1975 debut album. ... The Painter was an album released in 1981 by KC and the Sunshine Band. ... The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson. ... Its Hard to Say Goodbye is a duet between Céline Dion and Paul Anka from Ankas A Body of Work album. ... Regina Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez (born April 22, 1970) is a Filipino singer, actress, record producer, and TV host. ... Somebody Loves You was the second album by Crystal Gayle. ... Its Hard to Say Goodbye is a duet between Céline Dion and Paul Anka from Ankas A Body of Work album. ... This article is about the musician. ... Rock Swings is an album by Paul Anka. ...

See also

Lonely Boy is a 1962 cinema verite documentary about former teen sensation Paul Anka. ... Canada has been a source of rock and roll music for decades, beginning with Paul Anka who in 1957 went to New York City where he recorded his own composition, Diana. The song brought him instant stardom and went to No. ... The history of music of Canada has mirrored the history and evolution of the country. ...

Notes

a. ^  Some sources, like The Canadian Encyclopedia and Time, suggest that Paul Anka is of Syrian descent[2][15] while several other sources, including Anka's official website, suggest that he is of Lebanese descent.[16][17] This uncertainty might be due to the fact that Lebanon was historically a part of Greater Syria. The Canadian Encyclopedia is the most authoritative resource on Canada. ... TIME redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608001205/Paul-Anka.html
  2. ^ a b Anka, Paul. The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.
  3. ^ Paul Anka bio, History of Rock.
  4. ^ Paul Anka bio, Ticketmaster.com
  5. ^ Canadian Charts from 1957 - 1986. 1050chum.com. Retrieved November 26, 2006
  6. ^ Gold & Platinum certification of albums at RIAA. www.riaa.com. Retrieved November 26, 2006
  7. ^ U.S Billboard chart rankings. billboard.com. Retrieved November 26, 2006
  8. ^ Canada's Walk of Fame inductees. canadaswalkoffame.com. Retrieved November 26, 2006
  9. ^ Hollywood Walk of Fame inductees. hollywoodchamber.net. Retrieved November 26, 2006
  10. ^ Juno Awards/Canadian Music Hall of Fame winner and nominations. juno-awards.ca. Retrieved November 26, 2006
  11. ^ The Order of Canada member list. nndb.com. November 26, 2006
  12. ^ Paul Anka will always do it his way.
  13. ^ “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”, The Ottawa Citizen: pg. F1, October 24, 2001 
  14. ^ “Ottawa honors Anka”, The Globe and Mail: pg. 2 
  15. ^ Paul the Comforter. Time Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.
  16. ^ Leiby, Richard. Paul Anka's Deutsch Treat. The Washington Post. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.
  17. ^ FAQ. Paul Anka's official website. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.

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Anka in turn sued the Ottawa Senators in 1992 for $41 million on an undisclosed breech of contract claim.
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