Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Paul Anka, songwriter

Paul Albert Anka, OC (born 30 July 1941, in Ottawa Ontario) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka first became famous as a teen idol in the late 1950s and 1960s with hits songs like 'Diana', 'Lonely Boy', and 'Put Your Head on My Shoulder'. He went on to write such well known music as 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' for Buddy Holly, the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Tom Jones' biggest hit 'She's A Lady', and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song 'My Way.'


"She's a Lady" performed by Tom Jones
Words and Music by Paul Anka


"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" performed by Linda Ronstadt
Words and Music by Paul Anka


"Johnny's Theme" performed by the Tonight Show Band
Music by Paul Anka and Johnny Carson
(based on Paul's song "Toot Sweet", see below)


"Toot Sweet" performed by Annette Funicello
Words and Music by Paul Anka


"My Way" performed by Sid Vicious
Words and Music by Jacques Revaux, Claude François, Gilles Thibault (en francais) & Paul Anka (english words)

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