Anka, Paul Albert
Born: Jul 30, 1941 AD
Currently alive, at 74 years of age.
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.
Page last updated: 8:27am, 19th Jul '07