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My Way: An Autobiography

by Paul Anka

St. Martin's Press | April 9, 2013 | Hardcover

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The smooth, charismatic singer and songwriter in his own words-the long-awaited autobiography that reveals a life that has been much more dramatic than his crooning reveals 

 

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.67 × 2.54 × 0.52 in

Published: April 9, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312381042

ISBN - 13: 9780312381042

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My Way: An Autobiography

by Paul Anka

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.67 × 2.54 × 0.52 in

Published: April 9, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312381042

ISBN - 13: 9780312381042

About the Book

The smooth, charismatic singer and songwriter in his own words--the long-awaited autobiography that reveals a life that has been much more dramatic than his crooning reveals.

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The smooth, charismatic singer and songwriter in his own words-the long-awaited autobiography that reveals a life that has been much more dramatic than his crooning reveals 

 

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.

About the Author

PAUL ANKA had his own vocal group by the age of thirteen and released his first single at fourteen. His first #1 hit, "Diana", made him a star. By the 1970s, a multi-decade string of pop hits, from "Puppy Love" to "(You're) Having My Baby", cemented his status as an icon. He lives in Southern California.

DAVID DALTON, a founding contributor of Rolling Stone, is the author of fifteen books, including Piece of My HeartFaithfull with Marianne,  and Bob''s Brain: Decoding Dylan.

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