Paul Anka is one of the music industry’s most influential artists; from his songwriting to live performances and chart-topping albums, Anka is an incredibly talented man.
He was born in Ontario, Canada, on July 30, 1941, and used his magical voice from a very young age. He sang in his church choir, studied music theory, learned to play the piano, and was part of a vocal trio, all before his eighteenth birthday!
In fact, he recorded his first song when he was only fourteen years old. However, it is widely accepted that his big break came with the song “Diana,” which was released in 1957 when the singer was only sixteen years old.
The song went to No. 1 on the Canadian and US music charts making Anka an overnight sensation. He followed up with four songs that made it into the Top 20 in 1958, and when he was only seventeen, he was one of the biggest teen idols on the planet!
During the 60s, Anka’s career faltered due to the British Invasion, and although he was writing hit songs for several other artists, none of his renditions made it to the top of the charts.
Finally, in 1974, he wrote and sang the No. 1 hit, “(You’re) Having My Baby,” and was back in the game! A whole new generation was turned onto his sound, the older generation was still hooked, and he continued to write and sing chart-topping songs for the rest of the decade.
While his solo albums and songs continued to be massive hits, Paul Anka may be the most well-known for his fantastic collaborations.
He has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Patty LaBelle, Kenny Rogers, and other incredible musicians from Italy and around the world.
Billboard also rated Anka one of the most successful artists in history. He has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, written more than 900 songs, and created 29 albums over his long and successful career.
Whether you remember Paul Anka for his popular tracks on the radio, his appearances on several television shows, or his unforgettable live performances, there is no doubt that he has made an enormous impression throughout the past sixty-five years.
Even though Anka is celebrating his eighty-first birthday, he is still touring! And he is certainly keeping up with the times as he has a popular Tik-Tok page that promotes a healthy lifestyle and promotes his current tour.
All in all, Paul Anka is one of the most popular Canadian performers ever to live, and millions of fans worldwide will continue to listen to his music and watch his performances forever!