All For Paul: Happy 80th Birthday Paul Anka!


This week Retro Dee’s Guide to the Best Era Ever is pleased to wish legendary singer-songwriter Paul Anka a Happy 80th Birthday!

Paul Albert Anka was born in Ottawa, Canada on July 30, 1941. It would be impossible for me to encapsulate his epic career in the music industry in a short bio. So let me just say, that Mr. Anka is one of the legends who has shaped the music world starting in the late 1950’s. He has performed and written some of the biggest classics of all time, songs that we can’t imagine the world without.

For this post, I will be featuring three of Paul Anka’s earliest hits, which come from the era when he exploded onto the scene as a teen idol and subsequent world-wide superstar.

“Diana” (1957)

This was Paul Anka’s first big hit! He wrote this song about an older gal he was in love with at the time… (isn’t that cute.) Diana peaked at Number 2 on The Billboard Hot 100, making this great song an unforgettable classic for decades to come.

“Put Your Head on My Shoulder” (1959)

It doesn’t get more romantic than this slow-dancing favorite released on August 17, 1959. Just think of all the couples who danced to this in high school way back in the day. It also reached Number 2 on the charts. In 2020, Mr. Anka made a new recording called “Keep Your Head OFF His Shoulder” to promote social distancing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Puppy Love” (1960)

This song was written for Paul’s then-love Annette Funicello. It also reached Number 2 on the charts.

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