Paul Anka

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Paul Albert Anka, OC (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian American singer, songwriter, and actor.

Anka first became famous as a teen idol in the late 1950s and 1960s with hit 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 and one of Tom Jones's biggest hits, "She's a Lady", and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song, "My Way".

In 1983, he co-wrote with Michael Jackson the song "I Never Heard", which was retitled and released in 2009 under the name "This Is It".[1] An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from this 1983 session, "Love Never Felt So Good", has since been discovered, and will be released in the near future.[2] The song was also released by Johnny Mathis in 1984.

Anka became a naturalized US citizen in 1990.[3]


Early life

Anka was born in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada to Andy and Camelia Anka, immigrants from Lebanon who owned a restaurant called The Locanda there.[4] He sang with the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church choir under the direction of Frederick Karam, with whom he studied music theory. He also studied piano with Winnifred Rees.

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