Paul Anka

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Paul Anka

Paul Anka 1995.jpg
Anka in 1995
Paul Albert Anka

(1941-07-30) July 30, 1941 (age 80)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actor
Years active1955–present
Anne de Zogheb
(m. 1963; div. 2001)

Anna Åberg
(m. 2008; div. 2010)

Lisa Pemberton (m. 2016)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar

Paul Albert Anka OC (born July 30, 1941)[1] is a Canadian-American singer and songwriter. He is best known for such songs as Diana (1957) and Lonely Boy (1959).

Anka was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2005.[2]

Personal life[change | change source]

Anka was born in Ottawa, Ontario to Camelia and Andrew Emile "Andy" Anka, Sr. They owned a restaurant named the Locanda.[3] His parents were both Antiochian Orthodox Christians in Syria.[4] Anka's mother was Canadian-Lebanese "from a small town of, in Syria " and Anka's father was Syrian.[5]

Anka grew up singing in the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church choir. He went to Fisher Park High School where he was part of a vocal trio called the Bobby Soxers.[6][7]

He became an American citizen in 1990. He is married to Polish-born Anna Anka.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Paul Anka Biography". Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. "Paul Anka". Canada's Walk of Fame. Retrieved 2015-3-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "Paul Anka profile". Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  4. "Paul Anka". Encyclopedia Britannica.
  5. "Paul Anka Biogrpahy". Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  6. "Paul Anka profile". City of Ottawa. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  7. "Paul Anka profile". History Of Rock. Retrieved December 4, 2013.

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