Paul Anka


Ok ok ok.. A bit before my time I admit..but watch: NOW. Watch! heh.cheek_kisses

After all the tickets sold out for Leonard Cohen and Julio Iglesias, 50s teen idol, Paul Anka, announced that he is coming to Israel.
Paul Anka coming to Israel

Among his biggest hits are “You Are My Destiny,” “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Diana,” and others.
His most lasting mark on the music world, Anka made when he wrote the words for “My Way,” originally a little-known French song, that he gave to Frank Sinatra, who made the ballad into an anthem. Ever since, the song has been covered by hundreds of artists, including Elvis Presley.


Paul Anka was born on 30th July in Ottawa, Canada. He grew up in a family of Lebanese Christian descent who attended the St. Elijah Syrian Antiochian Orthodox Church.



At the tender age of 14, he was already writing his own songs and entering amateur singing contests.


American Idol anyone?.. Heh.sing8

Y’all know the rest of the story.


Anyone old enough to remember these hits?

Lonely Boy.
Put Your Head on My Shoulder.
It’s Time to Cry.
Puppy Love. (written about Annette Funicello…that’s right)band
She’s a Lady.
My Way.
Having My Baby.


Just compare those to the ahem..”hits” on the radio now.




C’mon. Whip out some oldies and listen..You know you want to.


And cut a rug wouldya?

Don’t you dare ask me what that means. Ha.


23 Responses to “Paul Anka”

  1. cube says:

    I know most of those songs, but I’m not really a big fan. With few exceptions, I don’t much like today’s music either.

  2. one ticked chick says:

    Paul Anka was a teen idol and heartthrob in his day. The songs I recognize are a bit too mushy for my taste. But I’m glad to see that folks like him are still are the concert circuit and can pull in a crowd. Have a happy weekend!

  3. dons_mind says:

    memories [sigh]………..nice post angel…….

  4. joe says:

    I know and still enjoy every single one of those songs! Now, that might make me old, but it also makes me a man with GOOD TASTE!

  5. joe says:

    Oh yeah, and Angel, I would be glad to “cut a rug” to any of them with you! (Hugs!)

  6. Nickie Goomba says:

    Yeah, he was OK. But he was no Bobby Rydell.

  7. Reese says:

    Paul Anka is a tad before my time, but I do recall his later music more so than his earlier hits.

    Just don’t you miss those albums? I don’t know about anyone else, CD’s are OK – but I just love those 70′s albums!!!!!

  8. Matt says:

    Anka isn’t my favorite, but I will dutifully listen to some oldies!

  9. Robert Garding says:

    Nice walk down memory lane, but you forgot to mention sock hops. I remember all those terms. And back then CD’s didn’t exist, and neither did cassettes or DVD’s. If we recorded anything it was on reel to reel tape decks……and speakers to sound really good had to be really big? Hee hee. I remember all of these, and to cut a rug? Haa haa. I remember that. Not an oldie…but a goodie.


  10. Stanford Matthews says:

    Not a bit before my time. Thanks for taking me back. Now, where’s that worm hole or whatever I need to go back permanently?

  11. RaDena says:

    Oldies are my favorite, Angel.

    Just watched “Grease” for the umpteenth time. It’s a way of taking my mind off of politics for a bit. Just mentioned it because Paul Anka did a cameo appearance in it.

  12. DaBlade says:

    I cut the rug to the video, as per your instructions, and to the angst and horror of the family.

  13. Always On Watch says:

    Paul Anka is a musical genius.

    According to Wiki,

    He went on to write such well known music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Tom Jones’s biggest hit, “She’s A Lady.”

    And he’s still on tour in 2009.

    Of all this songs, I like “Diana” and “My Way” the best.

  14. Andrew33 says:

    Oldies aren’t really my thing, but I don’t knock anyone for whatever music they like. My parents would love to see Paul Anka. I guess it is simply because of the different would I grew up in than I have different musical taste. Remember, S.Florida is a “3rd world country.” I hope you are well.

  15. nancz says:

    oy! you would remind me that i’m old enough to remember EVERYTHING about paul anka!

  16. Maggie Thornton says:

    I love the dancing graphic – her with the poodle skirt (wonder why they didn’t also do other dogs???) and him with the jeans, slightly short and showing the white socks? Love it – such a nice reminder of a time when the world was nicer, but parents thought it had gone to hell:-)

  17. Defiant_Infidel says:

    Nice, Angel… watched part of an early sixties movie for a couple of minutes this afternoon. Like Anka’s music, it took me away to another time that seems so foreign and distant now. I don’t watch movies hardly at all, but music is very often my companion when I work (which is most of the time anymore… :) ) It does provide relief from this liberal acid trip we all exist in now.

    (I got a smidge depressed to see how many didn’t really know Anka’s tunes in your comments above, though… I ‘spose that’s gonna get worse with more time, eh?)

  18. z says:

    This was fun, Angel…just what we need while it feels the country’s going to hell, isn’t it!? Thanks for that! xx

  19. KarL M says:

    As a Tom Jones fanatic….thank you Mr. Anka for “She’s a Lady” and “My Way”…as Tom would says…”this a song written by Mr. Paul Anka for Mr. Frank Sinatra and i would like to do it….My Way…….

  20. Teresa Rice says:

    What a wonderful Post!!! I really enjoyed the Paul Anka music. I’m almost certain that my parents listened to him, as they are in their 70′s. Thanks for the facts about some of his life also. I love learning about people. That’s great that he’s going to Israel and supports Israel also.

  21. Bunni says:

    This was a nice “blast from the past” you don’t have to be born in that time to have heard these songs! My fav is “puppy love” for obvious reasons!
    Great post, Angel

  22. Debbie says:

    I love all those oldies Angel. Thanks for the memories.

  23. sayitlikeitis says:

    Paul had a great head of hair, the envy of all—men and women.

    My favorite was “put your head on my shoulder” (only if u have no dandruff)