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Anka, Paul Albert

Born: 1941 AD
Currently alive, at 77 years of age.
2.8 (56.25%) 16 votes

1941 – Born on the 30th of July in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

1950-1960 – He first became famous as a teen idol in the late 50s and 60s, with hits songs like "Diana," "Lonely Boy," and "Put Your Head on my Shoulder".

1955 – Recorded his first single, "I Confess," at age 14.

1957 – He went to New York City where he auditioned for Don Costa at ABC, singing a lovestruck verse he had written to a former babysitter.

1958 – He followed up with four songs that made it into the Top 20 making him, at 17, one of the biggest teen idols of the time.

1963 – He was married to Anne De Zogheb, the daughter of Lebanese diplomat Count Charles de Zogheb.

1974 – He teamed up with Odia Coates to record the number 1 hit, "Having My Baby." They would record two more duets that both made it into the Top 10.

1975 – He wrote a jingle for Kodak called "The Times of Your Life". The jingle became so popular, he recorded it as a full song, and it became a hit a year later.

1980 – He was elected to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame..

1990 – He became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

1991 – The Government of France honored him with the title "Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters".

1995 – He appeared in Treehouse of Horror VI on The Simpsons.

1999 – He visited Lebanon for sell-out performances at the Forum de Beyrouth (The Beirut Forum).

2005 – His album Rock Swings, comprising big-band arrangements of contemporary standards, provided a mainstream comeback of sorts and saw Anka awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.

2006 – On the CW show Gilmore Girls, Lorelai named her new dog Paul Anka. He also made a guest appearance as himself in the episode "The Real Paul Anka", which aired April.

2.8 (56.25%) 16 votes