Paul Anka

Inducted in 1980

One of the first and most iconic teen idols in pop music, Paul Anka helped define the voice of a generation. The gifted songwriter has crafted the kinds of lyrics and melodies destined to top charts and win hearts, whether for himself or a fellow famed singer — and despite the fleeting, ever-evolving shape of pop, he has managed to do it for decades.

Born July 30, 1941, Anka grew up in a tight-knit Ottawa family, but didn’t waste much time getting his life in music started. He sang in the choir at church and studied piano. By 13, he had his own vocal group, the Bobbysoxers.

Career Highlights


Releases his autobiography, My Way.


Receives star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.


Wins the JUNO Award for Male Vocalist of the Year.


Writes “My Way” for Frank Sinatra.

Quick Fact

Paul Anka wrote the theme song for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1962.


“Lonely Boy” hits number one on the Billboard chart in 1959 and stays for four weeks.


Releases first hit single “Diana”.

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Quick Fact

Anka has acted in several films and appeared as himself in TV shows such as The Simpsons and Gilmore Girls.