From his days as a choir boy in Ottawa to becoming one of the biggest teen idols of the 1950s, Paul Anka has certainly had a rich career in his 71 years.
In addition to being a successful performer and songwriter (he wrote Tom Jones’ She’s A Lady, to name one), he’s also kept his career afloat for over five decades by being a savvy businessman. In the 60s, he bought the rights to his old masters, making a fortune on reissues alone. From movie roles to variety show host to a collaboration with Michael Jackson, what hasn’t Anka done?
10. I Don’t Like To Sleep Alone – Paul Anka with Odia Coates (peaked #8 in 1975)
9. One Man Woman – Paul Anka with Odia Coates (peaked #7 in 1974)
8. You Are My Destiny – (peaked at #7 in 1958)
7. Times Of Your Life – (peaked at #7 in 1975)
6. It’s Time To Cry – (peaked at #4 in 1959)
5. Puppy Love – (peaked at #2 in 1960)
4. Put Your Head On My Shoulder – (peaked at #2 in 1959)
3. Diana – (peaked at #1 in 1957)
2. Having My Baby – Paul Anka with Odia Coates (peaked at #1 in 1974)
1. Lonely Boy – (peak #1 for 4 weeks in 1959)
Want more Anka? Be sure to check out the National Film Board of Canada’s short film on Anka from 1962. Watch it here.