Beginning his career by entering amateur contests and sneaking into
clubs, Paul Anka has gone on to become one of the most prolific, successful
songwriters in history. This year marks his 45th Anniversary in show
business, which he celebrates with a new 4 CD Box Set of his hits spanning
over four decades for his millions of fans around the world. He has achieved
unprecedented success in every venue: stage, screen, television, and
recording. His musical compositions are internationally known and have been
recorded by the greatest names in the entertainment industry. With over 124
albums to his credit, Mr. Anka has been named the 21st most successful
artist in Billboard's history (Billboard statistic), putting him alongside
music greats Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
Since the inception of his career, Paul Anka's songs have been performed
well over 150 million times (BMI statistic), while his LP and single sales
collectively number more than 60 million (BMI statistic). He holds three
number one songs: 'Diana', 'Lonely Boy' and 'You're Having My Baby';
twenty-two Top 20 hits and over 33 Top 40 hits, this being in the U.S alone.
In addition to a host of American hits abroad, Mr. Anka has recorded more
than ten albums in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, and Italian, composing
songs culturally tailored to each country. To date he has sold more than 15
million albums and over 3 million singles of the Italian song "Ogni Volta"
alone. In addition, the release of his Spanish duets album, 'Amigos', in
1996, in which he appeared with the likes of Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, and
Julio Iglesias amongst others, achieved gold status; This ensured him a
place amongst a few select artists in history to have a record on
Billboard's Top 50 charts for five consecutive decades (Billboard
Raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Paul Anka developed a talent for songwriting
through school courses in English and Journalism. His life would forever be
altered, however, on a trip to New York with a song he had written for a
girl four years his senior. "Diana" launched Paul Anka's career as an
international teen idol at the age of sixteen," with sales totaling over 20
million copies worldwide. Before he turned 18, Mr. Anka had five Top-20
hits. With such notable 1950's hits as "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," "You
Are My Destiny," "Lonely Boy," and "Puppy Love", Paul Anka was quickly a
household name. By the late 50's, Paul Anka had established himself as a
prolific and successful singer/songwriter, with appearances on "American
Bandstand" creating further fame.
In the wake of the British Invasion, the music of Paul Anka remained
timely, ushering in such classics as "A Steel Guitar And A Glass Of Wine"
and "Love Me Warm And Tender." In the 70's, Mr. Anka ushered in another wave
of chart-topping hits: "(You're) Having My Baby," "I Don't Want To Sleep
Alone," and "One-Man Woman." His success continued into the 80's with "Hold
Me 'Til The Morning Comes" with vocalist Peter Cetera, produced by David
With well over 900 songs to his credit, his songs have been performed by
such greats as Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Tom Jones, Buddy Holly,
Linda Ronstadt, The Sex Pistols, Nina Simone, Gypsy Kings, and Robbie
Williams - to name a few. In addition, his compositions for others helped
catapult their respective careers including, 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' for
Buddy Holly, 'She's a Lady' for Tom Jones, 'Puppy Love' for Donny Osmond',
and of course the unparalleled 'My Way' which not only became a signature
song for Frank Sinatra, but a song that is one of the most recognized and
performed songs in the world. Mr. Anka has successfully collaborated with
songwriters David Foster, Carol Bayer Sager, Richard Marx, Michael McDonald,
Michael Jackson, and many others.
Extending his talents into the realm of TV and film, Paul Anka's
contribution to television is the most recognized theme song in history.
When Johnny Carson made his debut as host of "The Tonight Show" in 1962, the
Anka-written theme was there, too. Since the debut, the theme song has been
performed over 1,400,000 times. Many memorable film, television programs,
and ad campaigns bear the hallmark of Anka's unmistakable musical signature.
In addition to writing the theme music for "The Longest Day," for which Mr.
Anka was nominated for an Academy Award, Mr. Anka penned the theme music and
title song for the motion picture "No Way Out" starring Kevin Costner. His
theme song for Louis Malle's "Atlantic City" took top honors at the Venice
Film Festival. In 2002 a new Japanese television series, titled "Golden
Bowl", was created around his music for the second largest TV market in the
world, featuring eight Paul Anka songs in every episode, this being the
first time this has ever been done on a TV show in Japan. His songs have
also been used in some of the biggest commercial campaigns for companies
such as Ebay, AXA, Pet Smart, and Mercedes Benz.
But his talents haven't been relegated solely to composing and
performing; Paul Anka has done his fair share of acting in front of the
camera, appearing in "3000 Miles to Graceland" starring Kevin Costner, Kurt
Russell, and Christian Slater, "Mad Dog Time" with Richard Dreyfuss, and
"Captain Ron" with Kurt Russell and Martin Short, to name a few.
In the last five years, Paul Anka has shown no sign of slowing down. He
continues to tour ten months out of the year, proving still to be a
veritable force of nature with a boundless commitment to satisfying his
dedicated international following. Solidifying his position as a top name in
the U.S. gaming entertainment industry, Paul Anka recently signed an
unprecedented three-year deal with The MGM in Las Vegas, as well as with the
Native American-owned Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and a multi year deal with
The Borgata in Atlantic City. In an industry where one-year contracts are
the norm, these contracts acknowledge the drawing power of the Anka name on
Mr. Anka's latest biographical video projects will pick up where the
award-winning CBC documentary "Lonely Boy" left off. The U.S. project, "Paul
Anka: Music Man" aired on A & E Biography worldwide in May 2002 featuring
past and present career highlights, interviews with various personalities
that have interacted with Mr. Anka throughout his longstanding career, and
an insider's view of Mr. Anka on the road during his 2000 world tour.
Additionally, he just wrapped production on a new Canadian Documentary for a
CBC TV series called "Life and Times", which aired in January 2003.
His most recent musical releases include "Body of Work" (Sony), featuring
duets with Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Tom Jones, Anthea Anka, and Frank
Sinatra. Mr. Anka's 124th album, "Anka Live 2000", was recorded live during
his 1999 worldwide tour and features contemporary standards such as "For
Once in My Life," "My Way," "Autumn Leaves," and many more Anka classic
Mr. Anka's contributions to the entertainment industry have earned him
numerous awards and special recognition. In addition to performing at the
White House and for numerous heads of state, he has been honored by the
French government, who awarded him the title Chevalier In The Order of Arts
And Letters. He is among only a handful of Americans to receive this
prestigious award. Mr. Anka has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of
fame and most recently, was elected into The Songwriter's Hall Of Fame by
the National Academy of Popular Music.
The year 2002 marked a milestone, when Mr. Anka performed in his native
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for the first time in more than 20 years. He was
drawn back to his hometown by the opportunity to perform for the Canadian
Liver Foundation, a charity, which is very close to his heart. Mr. Anka
entertained an audience that included senators, ambassadors and Prime
Minister and Mrs. Jean Chretien, where he helped raise hundreds of thousands
of dollars for the charity. While in Ottawa, the Mayor declared April 27th
as "Paul Anka Day", Mr. Anka received Canada's International Trade &
Commerce Award, and he was named an honorary Tourism Ambassador for Canada.
Paul Anka is blessed with five daughters: Amelia, Anthea, Alicia, Amanda,
and Alexandra. Alexandra gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in
December, 1997 and gave Mr. Anka a grandson in February, 2001.
Nominated for Academy Award for the song "Longest Day" for the award winning
Recipient of star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame
Recipient of prestigious Order of Arts and Lettres by the French Government
April 27th deemed 'Paul Anka Day' in Ottawa Canada
Honorary Ambassador of Tourism in Canada