With more than 125 albums, 15 million records sold and 22 Top 20 hits, Paul Anka has been one of the most influential voices in pop music since emerging as a teen idol in the 1950s. On May 8, 9 and 10, Anka will be bringing his incomparable sound to The Orleans Showroom for a three-night engagement.
As a young man, Anka always knew he wanted to be a singer and songwriter. He received his big break in 1957, when he recorded “Diana.” The song became one of the best-selling 45s in music history, rocketing to No. 1 on the music charts and bringing Anka worldwide fame. He followed up with four No. 1 songs in 1958 including, “It’s Time to Cry,” and “(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings,” turning the then-17-year-old into one of the biggest teen idols of all time. Two years later, at the age of 20, Anka made his first Las Vegas appearance at the Sahara Hotel.
Though the music world shifted in the 1960s, Anka was determined not to fade from the scene. Between tours of Europe and Asia, where his popularity remained high, Anka began building a reputation as one of pop music’s most gifted songwriters. In 1962, he penned the theme song to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, creating what became one of the most recognized theme songs in television history. But it was a song that he wrote for Frank Sinatra 1969’s “My Way” that helped catapult Anka back to stardom in the United States.
While continuing to create some of the music world’s best-known songs (including “She’s A Lady” by Tom Jones), Anka returned to his chart-topping ways through the 1970s and 1980s, recording such hits as the No. 1 “(You’re) Having My Baby,” “One Man Woman, One Woman Man,” “I Don’t Like to Sleep Alone,” “(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Love,” “Times of Your Life,” and “Hold Me ‘Til The Morning Comes.”
To date, Anka has 900 songs to his credit, including 130 written for other artists (including Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Robbie Williams, Buddy Holly and Donny Osmond). His latest album, Classic Songs, My Way features Anka giving his unique touch and sound to songs by such artists as Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams and the Killers, closing with a duet performance of “My Way” by Anka and Jon Bon Jovi.
Tickets are now available starting from $79.95, plus tax. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 702.365.7075 or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.