Paul Anka , in full Paul Albert Anka , born July 30, , Ottawa , Ontario , Canada , Canadian-born American singer and songwriter whose wholesome pop songs first achieved wide popularity in the late s and whose diverse songwriting talents produced hits for such artists as Tom Jones and Michael Jackson. Anka was born to Lebanese and Syrian parents who had immigrated to Canada and were the owners of an Ottawa restaurant that was popular with local entertainers. He taught himself to play guitar and piano as a teen and formed a vocal group called the Bobbysoxers with friends that performed locally in Ottawa. In Anka traveled to New York , hoping to get his music recorded. Anka acted in a string of movies aimed at teenage audiences, including Girls Town and Look in Any Window He played a U. Army Ranger in the war film The Longest Day , for which he also wrote the theme music.
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It was retitled and released in , under the title " This Is It ". The song was also released by Johnny Mathis in Anka sang with the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral choir under the direction of Frederick Karam, with whom he studied music theory.
Born in Canada in , teen singer Paul Anka's hit "Diana" sold millions of copies and set him up as a top teen idol with prolific songwriting abilities. He then appeared in several films, headlined a Vegas act, hosted TV variety shows and wrote hits for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones. He rose to the top of the charts again with the duet "You're Having My Baby. Anka spent his childhood helping out in the kitchen and schmoozing with patrons of his father's restaurant, the Locanda, a popular hangout for Ottawa journalists, politicians and businessmen. From an early age, it was clear that Anka had an abundance of confidence and big dreams of life on stage.