Honorary Chair, Comprehensive Campaign
Paul Anka was born July 30, 1941 in Ottawa,
Canada’s capitol. Anka has recorded 125 albums to date including over 10 albums in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, and Italian, composing songs culturally tailored to each country. He has sold close to 15 million albums worldwide. Among his Billboard chart stats in the U.S. are three #1 songs, “Diana,” “Lonely Boy,” and “You’re Having My Baby,” as well as 22 Top 20 hits.
Anka also has a staggering 900 songs to his
credit--130 recorded by other artists including Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Robbie Williams. He is particularly well-known for penning signature songs for others, notably “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” (Buddy Holly), “She’s a Lady” (Tom Jones),
“Puppy Love” (Donny Osmond) and, of course, “My Way” (Frank Sinatra).
His latest CD is Classic Songs, My Way features lush treatments of songs by Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, and Bryan Adams, a swinging take on the Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” and surprising new renditions of two classics from Paul’s own formidable canon.
Never one to rest on his laurels, he has had a song on Billboard’s charts in every decade since 1957, when the Ottawa-born Anka was only 17. Since then, he’s recorded over 120 albums in a wide variety of languages, selling close to 15 million albums worldwide and landing three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 - “Diana,” “Lonely Boy” and “(You’re) Having My Baby.” (The first of those hits reportedly sold 10 million copies worldwide - only “White Christmas” topped it.)
Beside Anka having five grown daughters, he is blessed with five young grandchildren. Anka now resides in California with his wife Anna a former Miss Sweden and their son Ethan and his step daughter Elli.