I’m a little conflicted here. Wiki lists Paul Anka’s musical genres as pop, soft rock, jazz, and doo-wop. With apologies to Russell Peter’s iconic Indian guy looking at the numeric system: None of those are music I want to listen to.
At least, I was pretty sure: I had to look up doo-wop to be sure.
Wiki says this: “Doo-wop features vocal group harmony, nonsense syllables, a simple beat, sometimes little or no instrumentation, and simple music and lyrics.”
Isabel says this: “Doo-wop takes this masterpiece by Bill Broonzy and turns it into this smoothness by The Five Keys.”
So I’m not crazy about Paul Anka’s music. I’m also supposed to be done with this national treasures project, but I kinda miss it. Herewith, then, another one. After that, who knows?
Anka became famous during the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with hit songs like “Diana”, “Lonely Boy”, “Put Your Head on My Shoulder”, and “(You’re) Having My Baby”. – Wikipedia
This, I knew. After all, I was around while it was happening. But courtesy of Wikipedia, here are things I didn’t know about Paul Anka.
Paul Anka was born in Ottawa to Lebanese immigrants.
His writing credits include the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Tom Jones’s “She’s a Lady”, and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra’s signature song, “My Way” (which comes from the French song, “Comme d’habitude,” something else I didn’t know).
Anka was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2005.
He had five daughters by his first wife, Anne, and all five have names starting with “A.” One of them is married to Jason Bateman (who can be hysterically funny, not that that’s something I learned from Wikipedia).
He has had film and TV roles. And even though he’s 75 (closing hard on 76: his birthday is July 30), there’s a reason I used the present perfect progressive there (and yes, I had to look that up, too). May I have the drum roll, please . . .
His career spans 60 years: 1957 to the present. Don’t count him out yet.
So here’s to Paul Anka. I’m not crazy about his genres, but he’s got some pipes.
Thanks to Jim Taylor for suggesting Paul Anka.