Paul Albert Anka is a Canadian singer who wrote classic hits from the 1950s to the 1970s, including "Diana" and "Lonely Boy." Some of his other famous hits include "She's a Lady" and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder."Continue Reading
Paul Anka wrote and popularized "Diana" in 1957 and recorded it at Don Costa in New York. Although Anka reportedly drew inspiration for the song from one of his high school friends named Diana Ayoub, Anka claimed that a girl he saw at church and hardly knew was the real inspiration for the hit song. Backup singers for the song included Artie Ripp, who later became the first music industry executive to sign Billy Joel for his solo act. The original recording reached the number one spot on the Billboard's Best Sellers in Stores chart, and it sold over nine million copies.
Pau Anka wrote "Lonely Boy" in 1959. He first sang the song in the movie "Girls Town." When he released the song as a single, it reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Anka's first song to do so. Billy Craddock covered "Lonely Boy" in 1971, releasing the cover as part of his "Knock Three Times" album.Learn more about Art & Literature