1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Paul Anka (born July 30, 1941)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Diana 1957
Paul Anka also had hits with Lonely Boy and Put Your Head on My Shoulder in 1959 and Puppy Love in 1960.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1957-1983 Record Label: ABC Paramount
Born in Ottawa, Canada, to parents of Lebanese Christian descent, child prodigy Paul Anka knew at age 13 that he wanted to be a singer/songwriter. On a trip to New York he auditioned for ABC producer Don Costa and sang his own composition, Diana, a love song to a former baby sitter. His father had to fly to New York to sign his son’s contract. The teenager’s evocative song jumped to #1 and launched his career. Hit Puppy Love was written for his old flame Walt Disney’s Mouseketeer, Annette Funicello. Among his dozen top-ten hits were two more #1 songs: Lonely Boy and You’re Having My Baby. A millionaire while still a minor, he wrote Frank Sinatra’s signature song My Way, Buddy Holly’s It Doesn’t Matter Any More, and Tom Jones’ hit She’s a Lady. When Johnny Carson debuted as host of NBCs ‘Tonight Show’ in 1962, Paul Anka wrote one of the most recognized theme songs in TV history for his nightly entrance.