FEATURING GEORGE BENSON & MICHAEL MCDONALD, DOLLY PARTON, MICHAEL JACKSON, LEON RUSSELL, GLORIA ESTEFAN, MICHAEL BUBLE, WILLIE NELSON, PATTI LABELLE, CHRIS BOTTI, CELINE DION, TOM JONES, PETER CETERA, AND FRANK SINATRA
DUETS AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE APRIL 9, 2013, THROUGH LEGACY RECORDINGS, WITH SPRING TOUR DATES TO FOLLOW
A new 14-song collection by pop music legend PAUL ANKA, DUETS, is set for release April 9th through LEGACY RECORDINGS, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. The release coincides with the in-store date for Anka’s long-awaited life story, MY WAY: An Autobiography, co-written with DAVID DALTON and published by St. Martins Press.
DUETS provides a musical journey through the life and times of the man. Anka (born July 30, 1941) was studying piano and was a
local Canadian performer (mainly an impressionist) by age 12 in 1953, which would make 2013 his 60th year as a performer. He led his first vocal group at 13 (THE BOBBY SOXERS), wrote his first songs at 14, and recorded his first commercial single in Los Angeles at 15 (the summer after 9th grade!). He signed with ABC-PARAMOUNT at age 16 in 1957, igniting the pop firmament with “Diana,” “You Are My Destiny,” and all the hits that followed.
In his 55th year as a performer, PAUL ANKA is an American national treasure (notwithstanding he was born in Ottawa) who quickly separated himself from the pack of teen idols that surfaced in the mid-to-late 1950s. He did this mainly by virtue of writing all his own hits (“Diana,” “You Are My Destiny,” “Lonely Boy,” “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Puppy Love“), and taking control of his business career (producing, buying and owning his master recordings, a practice he still employs today). He further separated himself from the pack during the pre-Beatles era by moving into posh big city night clubs like New York’s COPACABANA, that were long the province of FRANK SINATRA and his generation. Anka also graduated from early rock exploitation films (like Let’s Rock and Girls Town) into mature film roles like The Longest Day, (for which he wrote the Oscar-nominated title song).