Paul Anka – from ‘Diana’ to stardom!

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In between all the teen idols that came and went during the late 1950s into the 60s, there were few that had lasting power – enter PAUL ANKA. Just age fifteen in 1957 when he landed on the scene, scoring his first hit “Diana,” and in rapid fire succession, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Puppy Love,” “You Are My Destiny,” and others on the ABC Paramount label, then a move to RCA in the early 60s. After a stint at Buddah Records in the early 1970s, Anka moved on to United Artists and by 1974, enjoyed a #1 smash with “Having My Baby.”

Paul was a gifted tunesmith, as he penned many of his hits, and to his credit, the music for ‘The Tonight Show,’ along with his crowning achievement, writing “My Way,” which was immortalized by Frank Sinatra, among countless others. It was an honor for me to catch up with Paul in 1984, as he signed my copy of “Diana,” while admiring it, he jokingly quipped, “Wow… I think you may have the last copy!”