Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Paul Anka - Papa

Paul Albert Anka is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka became famous in the late 1950s and 1960s with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder". 

He went on to write such well-known music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones' biggest hits, "She's a Lady", and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song, "My Way" (originally French song "Comme d'habitude").

In 1960 Anka signed with RCA Victor, but like most North American recording artists saw his career stalled by the British Invasion. By the late 1960s, Anka's career centered around adult contemporary and big-band standards, played regularly in Las Vegas. In the early 1970s he signed with Buddah Records. After more than ten years without a top 25 hit record, Anka signed with United Artists and in 1974 teamed up with Odia Coates to record the number one hit, "(You're) Having My Baby". The two would record two more duets that made it into the Top 10, "One Man Woman/One Woman Man" (#7) and "I Don't Like to Sleep Alone" (#8), and the #15 duet "(I Believe) There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love". 

Everyday my papa worked
To help to make ends meet
To see that we would eat
(To) keep those shoes upon my feet
Every night my papa would take
And tuck me in my bed
Kiss me on my head
After all my prayers were said
Growing up with him was easy
time just flew on by
The years began to fly
He aged and so did I
I could tell
That mama wasn't well
Papa knew and deep down so did she
So did she
When she died
My papa broke down and cried
All he said was, "God, Why not take me!"
Every night he sat there sleeping in his rocking chair
He never went upstairs
All because she wasn't there
Then one day my Papa said,
"Son, I'm proud (of) the way you've grown
make it on your own
Oh I'll be O.K. alone."
Every time I kiss my children
Papa's words ring true
"Your children live through you.
They'll grow and leave you, too"
I remember every word my papa used to say
I live that every day
He taught me well that way
Every night my papa would take
And tuck me in my bed
Kiss me on my head
After all my prayers were said
Every night my papa would take
And tuck me in my bed
Tuck me in my bed
After all my prayers were said

In 1975 he recorded a jingle for Kodak written by Bill Lane (lyrics) and Roger Nichols (melody) called "Times of Your Life". It became so popular Anka recorded it as a full song, which peaked at #7 in the U.S. pop charts in 1976. The follow-up was another hit that Anka wrote for Sinatra, "Anytime (I'll Be There)", peaking at #33. Anka's final Top-40 hit in the U.S. to date was "Hold Me Til The Mornin' Comes", which included backing vocals from then-Chicago frontman Peter Cetera, in the summer of 1983, which also hit number two on the Hot Adult Contemporary charts.

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