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Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way
On his 60th anniversary tour, Paul Anka sings his greatest hits and honors the artist who influenced his career more than anyone else — Frank Sinatra.
The acclaimed songwriter, entertainer and actor Paul Anka was only 16 when he emerged in 1957 from Ottawa, Canada, onto the international music market. His plaintive song Diana unleashed an imaginative new musical style into the pop mainstream and would go on to sell 20 million copies worldwide.
At a time when Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Motown groups dominated the rock n’ roll scene, Anka was giving a romantic voice to teenage concerns. By age 18, he had five Top 5 hits to his credit. By the early ’60s, Anka had become well established as a major new performing star and prolific songwriter. Anka's songwriting activity has never tapered, and he's continued to address the theme of love head-on.
Anka continues to be a relevant and savvy pop icon. Rock Swings, his 2006 album, surprised his fans by covering songs by unexpected artists such as Nirvana (Smells Like Teen Spirit), Oasis (Wonderwall), R.E.M. (Everybody Hurts), Soundgarden (Black Hole Sun) and Billy Idol (Eyes Without A Face), as well as more mellow tunes like Lionel Richie's Hello and Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven. In 2013, Anka released Duets, which featured pairings with Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Michael Bublé, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion and the late Michael Jackson.
Beyond his songwriting talents, Anka is recognized as one of the most successful and respected stars of the nightclub circuit as well as on concert stages throughout the world.