Thursday, 12 February 2009

A songwriter who started young


I first heard 'Diana' over and over again on a seaside jukebox in 1957. I still think it is a great rock track and the fact that he was 16 when he wrote and recorded it is still surprising. Only recently, with all the Buddy Holly anniversary hype, did I learn that Anka penned Holly's posthumous hit, 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' - apparently in a matter of minutes. He also provided the English lyrics to 'My Way' which may now have been done to death but is surely a major song by anyone's standards.

Paul Anka - Diana (iTunes)

Paul Anka - It Doesn't Matter Anymore (iTunes)

1 comment:

Jon said...

Songwriters united! Check out "Spoiked" (Google this fun YouTube music video)