Paul Anka to release Classic Songs, My Way through UMTV

Paul Anka

Paul Anka is one of this century’s most successful entertainers and songwriters, with awards and accomplishments that are unsurpassed. 2007 marks the icon’s 50th anniversary in music; to commemorate the occasion he has recorded one of his most heartfelt and personal albums to date, ‘Classic Songs, My Way’, which is set for release on October 15, 2007 in the UK through Universal Music TV. The album is a collection of Anka’s hand-picked favourite songs, covering the gamut of his own greatest hits, to elite singer-songwriters, ballads, pop and adult contemporary classics.

Arranged for big band in the vein of his last critically acclaimed release, ‘Rock Swings’, the new album showcases Anka’s unmistakable vocals, and his uncanny ability to make any song his own with style and panache. Teaming with special guests including Michael Buble, the record boasts musical offerings for longtime fans and new devotees alike. Listeners will enjoy a new, special duet version of the classic, “My Way,” arguably one of Paul Anka’s most beloved songs famous the world over. Anka was actually instrumental in discovering fellow Canadian Michael Buble, who was ecstatic to join the legendary singer on their rendition of “(You Are My) Destiny,” also pairing the two crooners together for the first time on disc.

Other memorable moments on ‘Classic Songs, My Way’ include his version of the Joni Mitchell treasure, “Both Sides Now,” “I Go To Extremes,” a Billy Joel original, the Cyndi Lauper staple, “Time After Time,” and remarkable renditions of The Killers “Mr. Brightside” and Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day.”

Paul Anka has a staggering 900 songs to his credit and over one hundred recorded by other artists including Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Robbie Williams among others. His US Billboard chart statistics include three #1 songs: “Diana,” “Lonely Boy,” and “You’re Having My Baby,” as well as twenty-two Top 20 hits. Having been nominated for an Academy Award for “The Longest Day,” Paul Anka is also recognized for penning signature songs for Buddy Holly – “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”, Tom Jones – “She’s a Lady”, Donny Osmond – “Puppy Love” and the aforementioned “My Way” for Frank Sinatra, as well as the legendary US nightly chat show, The Tonight Show. He performed at the Tower Of London Music Festival on 11 July, 2007.

For more information on Paul Anka and ‘Classic Songs, My Way’, please go to Paul Anka Official Website.

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