Paul Albert Anka OC is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter and actor. Anka became famous with hit songs like ‘Diana’, ‘Lonely Boy’ and ‘Having My Baby’ He wrote the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones’s biggest hits, ‘She’s a Lady’ In 1983, he co-wrote the song ‘I Never Heard’ with Michael Jackson.
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Paul Albert Anka OC is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter and actor. Anka became famous with hit songs like ‘Diana’, ‘Lonely Boy’ and ‘Having My Baby’ He wrote the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones’s biggest hits, ‘She’s a Lady’ In 1983, he co-wrote the song ‘I Never Heard’ with Michael Jackson. He also wrote the English lyrics to Frank Sinatra’s signature song, ‘My Way’ Anka was born in Ottawa, Canada, to Camelia and Andrew Emile Anka Sr. His father came to America from Bab Tuma in Damascus, Syria, and his mother was an immigrant from Lebanon. He sang with the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral choir under the direction of Frederick Karam, with whom he studied music theory. He attended Fisher Park High School, where he was part of a vocal trio called the Bobby Soxers. In 1960, he appeared twice as himself in NBC’s short-lived crime drama Dan Raven. In 1963, Anka signed with RCA Victor. He bought the rights and majority ownership of ABC-Par-Par in 1963, but like many artists like him, his career stalled by the late 1960s. In the early 1970s, he signed with Buddah Records, putting out two albums, a self-titled and Jubilation. The former, first track, bore the track ‘She’s a Lady’, a track that would become the biggest hit for Welsh singer Tom Jones that same year.
He then went on to become one of the first pop singers to perform at the Las Vegas casinos. He died in a car accident in 2009. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. He has three grandchildren. He had a son and a daughter-in-law who are both still living in the U.S. and have two step-daughters who live in New York City. He was married to his wife until his death in 2011, and they have a son who is also a singer-songwriter-turned-actor-and-producer. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. His son has a daughter who is married to singer/songwriter Kelly Osbourne and has two children of his own. His daughter has a son with actor/singer/director David Obeidallah, who also appeared in the film ‘The Longest Day’ with Anka as a US Army Ranger in the 1970s. He and his wife have two children who are currently living in California and New York, and he has a step-son who is a singer and actor-writer-director-produce-singer-satellite-salesman-succeeding-as-Paul Anka. He lives with his mother in Ottawa and has a wife and daughter who lives in San Diego, California. In 2012, he moved to Los Angeles to be closer to his family.