With more than fifty years in the music industry, Paul Anka is one of the most prolific songwriters of our time. Born and raised in Ottawa, Anka recorded his first single, “I Confess” at the age of fourteen. Shortly after turning sixteen, he recorded what would be his best known song of all time, “Diana” … a song about his crush on an older high school friend. Released in 1957 on ABC-Paramount, it sold over 10 million copies and launched his career as an international teen idol. He soon established himself as a successful artist and songwriter penning his Top 10 hits “You Are My Destiny”, “Lonely Boy”, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”, “Puppy Love”, “My Home Town” and “Dance On Little Girl”. It was in 1962 when Johnny Carson made his debut as the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Anka contributing one of the most recognizable themes in television history. Then in 1969, he wrote “My Way” for Frank Sinatra followed two years later with “She’s A Lady” for Tom Jones.
Anka had another wave of chart-topping hits throughout the 70’s including “(You’re) Having My Baby”, “I Don’t Like To Sleep Alone” and “Time of Your Life”. His success held through the 80’s with “Hold Me ‘Til The Morning Comes” … a duet with Peter Cetera which they recorded in 1983. Among his later releases were the 1996 Spanish-language album, Amigos and Anka Live 2000 which was recorded during a worldwide tour. He has also enjoyed an acting career having appeared in several films … most notably in the 1962 war drama, The Longest Day in which he wrote the theme song for and received an Oscar nomination. He has been honoured with the prestigious Order of Canada recognizing his lifetime achievements and contributions to people in all sectors of Canadian society and is also a proud inductee to Canada’s Walk of Fame. This April, Anka will release his first autobiography entitled My Way published by St. Martin’s Press. Later this year, his new duets album will be released by Sony and will feature such artists as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Michael Bublé and Tom Jones. Don’t miss the legendary Paul Anka when he’ll be performing for one night only at the River Rock Casino Resort on May 31, 2013.