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.