My Way

My Way


By (author) Paul Anka, By (author) David Dalton

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 240mm x 42mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 13 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312381042
  • ISBN 13: 9780312381042
  • Illustrations note: two 16-page colour photograph inserts
  • Sales rank: 229,282

Product description

A teen idol of the 1950s who virtually invented the idea of singer-songwriter-heartthrob that still fuels the industry today, Paul Anka's slew of hits - from "Diana" to "Put Your Head on my Shoulder" - earned him a place touring with the major stars of his era, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. He wrote Holly's last hit, and just missed being a passenger on Holly's fatal plane flight. Anka also stepped in front of the camera for the teen beach-party movie era, writing the music for the movies and sleeping with many of their starlets, including the much-more-carnal-than-her-image Annette Funicello. When the British invasion wiped out the style of music that had made him famous, Anka made sure his "wipeout" wasn't the end of his story. An astute businessman and image-builder who didn't let anyone else run his career, he toured the world until returning home for his "comeback", becoming a charter member of the Rat Pack, writing the theme music for The Tonight Show as well as his friend Frank Sinatra's anthem "My Way". The Times of My Life is bursting with rich, rollicking stories of the people who have been part of Anka's life: Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Jones, Steve Wynn, Michael Jackson, Kirk Kerkorian, Adnan Khashoggi, Dodi Fayed, Brooke Shields, Donald Trump, Sammy Davis, Jr., Brigitte Bardot, the acrobats in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, and many more.

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Author information

PAUL ANKA had his own vocal group by the age of thirteen and released his first single at sixteen. His first million-selling #1 hit, "Diana," made him a star. He was born in Ottawa, Canada, and lives in Southern California.

Review quote

"A lively, entertaining autobiography by one of the true legends of the music busines."--"Booklist""" "Tenacious, tickled with success, Anka splashes plenty of juice and little restraint."--"Publishers Weekly"