Diana (1957)

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By:
Paul Anka (born July 30, 1941 in Ottawa, Canada.)

Paula Anka has recorded 125 albums, including some in French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, writing songs culturally tailored to each country. He has sold 15 million albums worldwide, and had 22 Top 20 US hits and 3 #1 US hits: "Lonely Boy", "You're Having My Baby", and "Diana".

In 1957, at 16 years old, Anka went to New York City with fellow Canadians the Rover Boys, a singing quartet. Also with him was a unrequited love song about a plea from a teenage boy in love with an older teenage girl. He had written it about his crush on his former babysitter, Diana Ayoub. While in New York, Anka slept in the bathtub of the Rover Boys' hotel suite.

Eventually, they met with A&R director Don Costa at ABC Paramount Records. Costa was impressed more by Anka's songwriting than his singing. Soon, Paul was signed to a contract, and began to work with voice coaches and studied song composition. Within a month, he recorded "Diana"; it launched Anka's career.

Chart position: #1 (UK).

It was the first single by a teenager to sell a million copies in the UK, and the biggest selling single ever at that time in the UK. It ranked #2 for the year of 1957. It is ranked #9 among the 10 biggest selling singles of all time, having sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Written by: Paul Anka.

Anka also wrote such songs as "Lonely Boy", "Puppy Love", "Put Your Head On My Shoulders", "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (Buddy Holly, #13 US and #1 UK, 1959), "She's A Lady" (Tom Jones, #2 US, 1971) and the English lyrics for "Comme d'habitude" (written by Claude Fran├žois, Jacques Revaux, and Gilles Thibaut,) written by Anka as "My Way" (Frank Sinatra, #5 US, 1969.) Anka also wrote the theme for Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.

Also by:
Frankie Avalon; Conway Twitty; The Mar-Keys; George Faith; Caetano Veloso.

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