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Paul Anka
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1 May 2014
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 romancing many of their starlets, including 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".

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Griffin (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250044499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250044495
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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"

About the Author

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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased with this book 10 May 2013
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as a present very pleased with it my dad enjoyed it and would recommend it to other people
loved it
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3.0 out of 5 stars All Anka all the time 22 April 2013
I was amazed at how conceited Anka is; he never tires of inflating his own importance and thinks he was and still is very hot stuff. He talks about how much better he was than the other 50s rock singers and never tires of boasting about his close friendship with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.

This love letter to himself is often boring and silly, as he struts through the pages like a peacock. Very little space is given to his marriages or children; it's all about his fabulously successful and influencial career.

Oh, and it isn't very well written, either. He rambles, changes tenses mid-sentence, and includes a lot of needless profanity.

For die-hard fans only.
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By P Goodhead VINE VOICE
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Interesting read into the life of singer songwriter Paul Anka.
Packed with opinions and historical stories of facts in the amazing life of this entertainer, you are guaranteed not to be disappointed. It is evident however that it is ghost written and feels slightly "detached" at times hence 4 stars.
Never the less it is the only book out their on Anka so snap it up while you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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very interesting reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Show Biz info 27 Sep 2013
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Candid and good show biz stuff... lots of good info about the beginning of rock and roll, touring, Sinatra, Vegas and song writing. must have for show biz buffs..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a Gift. 31 July 2013
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we read about this book in The Daily Mail and thought we would order, enjoyed reading about Paul Ankaand the brat pack, very good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 2 July 2013
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This is a good read on a nice long hot summers day with a glass of wine (or two). I brought this as a gift for my mum and she has not been able to put it down.
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