- Date of Birth:
- July 30, 1941
Paul Anka (born Paul Albert Anka July 30, 1941 in Ottowa, Ontario Canada) is famous singer-songwriter. He was 14-years-old when he recorded his first single “I Confess.” He rocketed to stardom in 1957 with the song “Diana,” which went to number one in both the U.S. and Canada and made him one of the biggest teen idols of that time with hits like “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” and “Lonely Boy. He wrote the theme to Johnny Carson‘s The Tonight Show that would run for decades nightly. He also composed hits for other artists including Tom Jones‘ “She’s a Lady” and the lyrics to Frank Sinatra‘s signature song “My Way.” He had a comeback on the U.S. charts in 1974 with the Odia Coates duet “Having My Baby.” Paul continues to make concert appearances and nearly performed at Donald Trump’s 2017 presidential inauguration but had to cancel due to personal commitments.
Best Known For:
Paul is best known for being a famous singer-songwriter who wrote the classic “My Way.”
Paul’s father Andrew Emile “Andy” Anka, Sr., was of Syrian-American decent while his mother Camile was Canadian-Lebanese. He has been married three times. He was with first wife Anne de Zoghe from February 16, 1963, until 2001 and the union produced five daughters, Amelia, Anthea, Alicia, Amanda and Alexandra. He married his personal trainer Anita Aberg in 2008. They divorced in 2010 and share a son Ethan. He married for the third time in Oct. 2016 to Lisa Pemberton. On Jan. 13 he revealed that he had been in discussions to perform one of friend Donald Trump‘s Inaugural balls where he was going to sing “My Way” to the President-Elect and wife Melania, but was forced to cancel the gig due to ongoing custody issues over his son.