Since the inception of his career, Anka’s songs have been performed well over 90 million times (BMI statistic) worldwide. His LP and single sales collectively number more than 42 million (BMI statistic). With well over 900 songs to his credit, Anka’s most memorable are "Put Your Head On My Shoulder", "My Way" and the now famous theme from "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." A roster of other 1950’s hits made him a household name with songs like "You Are My Destiny", "Lonely Boy" and "Puppy Love." By the late 50’s Anka established himself as a prolific and successful singer/songwriter, with appearances on "American Bandstand" creating further fame.
In the wake of the British Invasion, the music of Paul Anka remained timely, ushering in such classics as "A Steel Guitar And A Glass Of Wine" and "Love Me Warm And Tender." In the 70’s Anka ushered in another wave of chart-topping hits: "(You’re) Having My Baby", "I Don’t Like To Sleep Alone" and "One-Man Woman." His success continued into the eighties with the David Foster produced hit "Hold Me ‘Til the Morning Comes," in which he was accompanied by vocalist Peter Cetera.
Anka’s contributions to the entertainment industry have earned him numerous awards and special recognition. In addition to performing for heads of state, he has been honored by the French government, who awarded him the title: Chevalier In The Order of Arts and Letters. He is among only a handful of Americans to receive this prestigious award, and The National Academy of Popular Music elected Anka into The Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame.
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