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For nearly 60 years, prolific singer, songwriter and music icon, Paul Anka has entertained and delighted audiences worldwide. When Anka was just seventeen years old, he released his first hit single “Diana” that went straight to number one on the charts and propelled him to stardom. After establishing himself as both a singer and a songwriter with hits like “Lonely Boy” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” Anka started writing for other performers including Buddy Holly and Connie Francis. Songwriting and performing “are what gave me the confidence to keep going,” he says. Becoming a junior associate of Sinatra and the Rat Pack also had its privileges. By the ‘70s, the success of “My Way” and a string of hits like “(You’re) Having My Baby” confirmed his status as an icon of popular music.