Paul Albert Anka, OC (born July 30, 1941 Ottawa) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor.
Anka first became famous as a teen idol in the late 1950s and 1960s with hit songs like “Diana”, “Lonely Boy”, and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder”. He went on to write such well-known music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones’s biggest hits, “She’s a Lady”, and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra’s signature song, “My Way” (originally French song “Comme d’habitude”).
In 1960 Anka signed with RCA Records, but like most North American recording artists saw his career stalled by the British Invasion. By the late 1960s, Anka’s career centered around adult contemporary and big-band standards, played regularly in Las Vegas. In the early 1970s he signed with Buddah Records. After more than ten years without a top 25 hit record, Anka signed with United Artists and in 1974 teamed up with Odia Coates to record the number one hit, “(You’re) Having My Baby”.
Anka’s final Top-40 hit in the U.S. to date was “Hold Me Til The Mornin’ Comes”, which included backing vocals from then-Chicago frontman Peter Cetera, in the summer of 1983. The track came from the album “Walk A Fine Line” which also included contributions from Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Ernie Watts and David Foster.
In preparation for the album, two tracks were also written and recorded with Michael Jackson, one of these tracks “This Is It” was released by Michael Jackson’s estate and did not include a Paul Anka writing credit. After Anka threatened to sue for credit and a share of royalties, the administrators of Jackson’s estate granted Anka fifty percent of the copyright. An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from this 1983 session, “Love Never Felt So Good”, was discovered shortly thereafter and will be released in the near future.
Released in the US as a single from the “Walk A Fine Line” album was “Gimme The Word”, a duet with Karla DeVito (Meatloaf) and the 12″ single was remixed by Francois Kevorkian.
Gimme The Word (Vocal) 5:30
Gimme The Word (Instrumental Version) 6:18