Paul Anka Bio, Age, Songs, Diana, Daughters, Net Worth, Height, Death

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Paul Anka Biography

Paul Anka is a Canadian singer-songwriter, one of the greatest classic pop artists. Shifted from teen heartthrob to adult artist with a slew of hits. He then appeared in several movies,  headlined a Vegas act. Hosted variety shows on television, and wrote hits for Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones. On September 6, 1990, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Paul Anka Age

Anka was born on July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Canada. He attended Fisher Park High School, where he was part of a vocal trio called the Bobby Soxers. Anka sang with the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral choir under the direction of Frederick Karam, with whom he studied music theory. He studied piano with Winnifred Rees.

Paul Anka Songs

Paul Anka recorded his first single, “I Confess” when he was 14. In 1957, with $100 given to him by his uncle, he went to New York City where he auditioned for Don Costa at ABC, singing what was widely believed to be a lovestruck verse he had written to a former babysitter.

Paul Anka

In an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross in 2005, he stated that it was to a girl at his church whom he hardly knew. The song “Diana” brought Anka stardom as it rocketed to No. 1 on the Canadian and US music charts. “Diana” is one of the best selling singles ever by a Canadian recording artist.

He followed up with four songs that made it into the Top 20 in 1958, including “It’s Time to Cry”, which hit No. 4 and ” My Heart Sings”, which reached No. 15, making him (at 17) one of the biggest teen idols of the time. He toured Britain, then Australia with Buddy Holly. Anka also wrote “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” – a song written for Holly, which Holly recorded just before he died in 1959. Anka stated shortly afterward. To get more of his songs click on the link;

Paul Anka and Diana

Diana” is a song written by Anka in 1957, at Don Costa studio in New York City. Anka stated in his autobiography that the song was inspired by a girl named Diana Ayoub, whom he had met at his church and community events, and had developed a crush on.

Session musicians on the record included Bucky Pizzarelli on Guitar, Irving Wexler on piano, Jerry Bruno on bass, and Panama Francis on drums. The song was recorded in May 1957 at RCA studios. Backup singers included Artie Ripp.  Anka’s original 1957 recording reached number 1 on the Billboard “Best Sellers In Stores” chart and has reportedly sold over nine million copies.

“Diana” also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart. It also reached number 1 on the UK’s New Musical Express chart, staying there for nine weeks, and sold 1.25 million copies in the UK. After signing with RCA Records, Anka re-recorded “Diana”, along with many other hits in 1963, for the album  Anka’s 21 Golden Hits.

Paul Anka Awards & Movies

His first album, Paul Anka was released in 1958. In the years to come, he made many more albums and singles that have been very successful all over the world. With the much that he has achieved as a singer and songwriter, he was named Composer of the Year in 1975 at the Juno Awards and was also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2005.

Apart from music, the legend has also appeared in a number of screen productions such as the 1964 TC series, Valentine’s DayThe Red Skelton Hour (1965), The Fall Guy (1983), Crime Story (1987), and Ordinary Magic(1993).

Paul Anka Children

Anka was married to Anne de Zogheb, the daughter of a Lebanese diplomat, Charles de Zogheb, from February 16, 1963, until 2001. The couple met in 1962 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she was a fashion model on assignment and under contract to the Eileen Ford Agency. Zogheb brought up in Egypt, is of Lebanese, English, French, Dutch, and Greek descent.

The couple married the following year in a ceremony at Paris-Orly Airport. She quit modeling after their second child was born. They have five daughters: Amelia, Anthea, Alicia, Amanda married to actor Jason Bateman, and Alexandra.

In 2008, Anka married his personal trainer, Anna Åberg, in Sardinia. They divorced in 2010 and Paul has full custody of their son. Anna was featured in the Swedish TV3 show Svenska Hollywoodfruar Swedish Hollywood wives. In October 2016 Anka married Lisa Pemberton in Beverly Hills, California.

Paul Anka Death

Anka is alive and kicking and is currently 79 years old as of January 2021.

Paul Anka Height

Anka is a good looking man, Anka is not the tallest man that you will get to see on any stage. He has a height of ‎5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m).

Paul Anka Net Worth

He is also a businessman who co-founded ARHT Media, a holographic tech startup, more than just a singer and an actor. Because of all these, he has an estimated net worth of over $10 million.

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