Paul Anka my teenage song Idol

Last night lying in bed I could not sleep as we had the summer time on board. I was ahead one hour of my usual bed time. So to occupy my mind pending the coming of ‘Mr. Sandman to bring me a dream’, I was thinking of the tunes and songs of my childhood. Who were my songs Idols? Who was the singer I loved most in my teens and can still remember the songs of?

There were so many of them: Cliff Richard, Elvis Priestley, The Beatles, Dean Martin, Adamo, Louis Mariano, Tino Rossi , Tom Jones and many others. We were music lovers in the family, ever since I was in the cradle, my father used to play the gramophone for me. From the old manual turntables, HMV (His master Voice) phonograph running 78 RPM records to the greater fidelity 45 RPM vinyl records and long play 33 RPM records, I enjoyed a great variety. I recall very vividly the first 45 RPM unbreakable record  at home  played on the electric ‘Garrard’ turntable: the title was ‘Are you mine’. Father himself a great music lover had an impressive collection of 78 RPM records.

It took me a while to select and conclude who was my first teenage song idol. I finally decided that it was Paul Anka. Paul Mustapha Abdi Anka, (Arabic: بول مصطفى عبدي أنكا) (born 30 July 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor of Lebanese origin. He came from a Christian Maronite family back ground. As many Lebanese, he fluently speaks Arabic, English and French.

Paul Anka first became famous as a teen idol in the late 1950s and 1960s with hits 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, Tom Jones‘ biggest hit “She’s A Lady,” and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra‘s signature songMy Way.”

He is still very much active professionally at age 67 and recently remarried.

The favourite’s songs of my teenage days were:

· Diana” (1957)· Crazy Love” (1958) · You Are My Destiny” (1958)· Lonely Boy” (1959)· Put Your Head on My Shoulder” (1959) · Puppy Love” (1960) . Those are indeed my favourite bathroom singing tunes.


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