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My Way

Format:  Hardcover,

371 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Apr 2013

ISBN-13: 9780312381042

ISBN-10: 0312381042

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A teen idol of the 1950s who virtually invented the singer/songwriter/heartthrob combination that still tops pop music today, Paul Anka rocketed to fame with a slew of hits--from "Diana" to "Put Your Head on my Shoulder"--that earned him a place touring with the major stars of his era, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. He wrote Holly's last hit, and just missed joining the rocker on his final, fatal plane flight. Anka also stepped in front of the camera in the teen beach-party movie era, scoring the movies and romancing their starlets, including Annette Funicello.

When the British invasion made his fans swoon for a new style of music--and musician--Anka made sure he wasn't conquered. A rapier-canny businessman and image-builder who took his career into his own hands--just as he had from the very beginning, swiping his mother's car at fourteen to drive himself, underage, to his first gigs in Quebec--Anka toured the world until he could return home in triumph. A charter member of the Rat Pack, he wrote the theme music for "The Tonight Show" as well as his friend Frank Sinatra's anthem "My Way." By the 1970s, a multi-decade string of pop chart-toppers, including "Puppy Love" and "(You're) Having My Baby," cemented his status as an icon.

"My Way" is bursting with rich, rollicking stories of the business and the people in Anka's life: Elizabeth Taylor, Dodi Fayed, Tom Jones, Michael Jackson, Adnan Khashoggi, Little Richard, Brooke Shields, Johnny Roselli, Sammy Davis, Jr., Brigitte Bardot, Barnum & Bailey Circus acrobats, and many more. Anka is forthcoming, funny and smart as a whip about the business he's been in for almost six decades. "My Way" moves from New York to Vegas, from the casino stage to backstages all over the world. It's the most entertaining autobiography of the year.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Apr 2013
ISBN-13: 9780312381042
ISBN-10: 0312381042
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 371
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 10.0 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Anka, Paul

Paul Albert Anka, (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka became famous 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' biggest hits, "She's a Lady". He also wrote the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song, " My Way" (originally a French song entitled, "Comme d'habitude"). After more than ten years without a top 25 hit record, Anka signed with United Artists and in 1974 he recorded the number one hit, "(You're). Having My Baby". Anka became a naturalized US citizen in 1990.

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Ottawap. 7
Teen Idolp. 38
Lonely Boyp. 93
Globetrotterp. 117
Painted Wordsp. 145
Vegasp. 155
Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, a Jewel Heist, Kinky Brits, Tennis at Midnight… And Then I Get Pregnantp. 220
Vegas Reduxp. 238
If Donald Trumps Who Wynns?p. 278
The Bellini Episodesp. 303
Moving Onp. 312
And Now for My Encorep. 346
Indexp. 361

Book description

A teen idol of the 1950s who virtually invented the singer/songwriter/heartthrob combination that still tops pop music today, Paul Anka rocketed to fame with a slew of hits—from “Diana” to “Put Your Head on my Shoulder”—that earned him a place touring with the major stars of his era, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. He wrote Holly’s last hit, and just missed joining the rocker on his final, fatal plane flight. Anka also stepped in front of the camera in the teen beach-party movie era, scoring the movies and romancing their starlets, including Annette Funicello.

When the British invasion made his fans swoon for a new style of music—and musician--Anka made sure he wasn’t conquered. A rapier-canny businessman and image-builder who took his career into his own hands—just as he had from the very beginning, swiping his mother’s car at fourteen to drive himself, underage, to his first gigs in Quebec—Anka toured the world until he could return home in triumph. A charter member of the Rat Pack, he wrote the theme music for The Tonight Show as well as his friend Frank Sinatra’s anthem “My Way”. By the 1970s, a multi-decade string of pop chart-toppers, including “Puppy Love” and “ (You’re). Having My Baby”, cemented his status as an icon.

My Way is bursting with rich, rollicking stories of the business and the people in Anka’s life: Elizabeth Taylor, Dodi Fayed, Tom Jones, Michael Jackson, Adnan Khashoggi, Little Richard, Brooke Shields, Johnny Roselli, Sammy Davis, Jr., Brigitte Bardot, Barnum & Bailey Circus acrobats, and many more. Anka is forthcoming, funny and smart as a whip about the business he’s been in for almost six decades. My Way moves from New York to Vegas, from the casino stage to backstages all over the world. It’s the most entertaining autobiography of the year.

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Rated 5 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by My Way is a good read for all those people that grew up in the fifties,sixties right through the turn of the century...Paul Anka is a canadian/american icon who made the music along with others to entertain us so read you will love it. 04/27/2013
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