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A date with Paul Anka

The Story

He's the golden voice who reached superstardom in the 1950s with his songs Diana, Lonely Boy and Put Your Head on My Shoulder. Paul Anka took his talent across the border while still a teenager, but the Ottawa-born singer is still welcome at home in Canada. In these segments from an hour-long 1972 appearance on CBC-TV's Luncheon Date, Anka reflects on his performing style and describes the wonders of witnessing the births of his four daughters. 

Medium: Television
Program: Luncheon Date
Broadcast Date: March 10, 1972
Guest: Paul Anka
Host: Elwood Glover
Duration: 10:22

Did You know?

• Paul Anka was born in Ottawa in 1941 and had his first number 1 hit in the United States at age 16 with Diana, a song about a slightly older object of affection.

• By 1972, the year of the interview seen here, Anka - who had fallen out of favour during the 1960s - was at the start of a career upswing. His song She's A Lady was a huge hit for fellow singer Tom Jones, and his own Do I Love You was on the charts a few months earlier. He would have another success in 1974 with (You're) Having My Baby.

• Stung by a poor review in 1981, Anka swore off performing in his hometown of Ottawa for over 20 years. He became an investor in the Ottawa Senators hockey franchise in 1991, but the deal fell apart.

• In 2005 Anka released Rock Swings, a compilation of his jazzy arrangements of chart-topping songs from the 1980s and '90s. Among them were covers of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit and Bon Jovi's It's My Life.



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