Paul Anka: 9 things we learned from his new autobiography - The Globe and MailHe writes a blog titled PsychiatryTalk. He also reviews movies with his wife Susan on FilmRap. Most of the book reviews on this blog are written by Dr. On occasion there will be reviews by an invited guest who will be identified on that blog. Comments on the books and the reviews are cordially invited.
Paul Anka spills on Presley, Sinatra and JFK in new book My Way
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. How did Paul Anka go about writing an autobiography? Well, naturally, he did it his way. The former teen-pop phenom, with My Way, recalls his career through a rich barrage of stories and observations, from his Ottawa beginnings to his still-active present which includes the simultaneous release of a new album Duets. Speaking of duets, the book was written with David Dalton, founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine and an award-winning biographer.
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He wrote Holly's last hit, and just missed joining the rocker on his final, fatal plane flight. Anka also stepped in front of the camera in the teen beach-party movie era, scoring the movies and romancing their starlets, including Annette Funicello. When the British invasion made his fans swoon for a new style of music-and musician--Anka made sure he wasn't conquered. A rapier-canny businessman and image-builder who took his career into his own hands-just as he had from the very beginning, swiping his mother's car at fourteen to drive himself, underage, to his first gigs in Quebec-Anka toured the world until he could return home in triumph. By the s, a multi-decade string of pop chart-toppers, including "Puppy Love" and " You're Having My Baby", cemented his status as an icon.
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For most of the first decade of his amazing 60 year career, I was Paul Anka's publicist. Martin's Press with special interest. It all began for me with a phone call in the late '50s from a Washington, D. The song he was pushing was "Diana" and I learned he was sleeping in the bathtub of an apartment in the President Hotel occupied by a fellow Canadian music group called The Rover Boys "Graduation Day" who coincidentally were being managed by my best friend, Fred Amsel. For the first months of his New York visit, Paul camped out anywhere he could get a bed, although eventually the Anka family, father Andy, mother Camy, sister Mariam and brother Andy moved down from Ottawa to Tenafly, New Jersey When "Diana" came out it was an immediate hit Irv Feld later went on to buy the Ringling Bros.