Paul Anka

Paul Anka
Anka at the 2007 North Sea Jazz Festival
Paul Albert Anka

(1941-07-30) July 30, 1941 (age 78)
NationalityCanadian, American
  • Singer-songwriter
Years active1955–present
Children6, including Amanda Anka
Musical career
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Paul Anka (born July 30, 1941)[1] is a Canadian-American singer and songwriter. He is best known for such songs as Diana (1957) and Lonely Boy (1959).

Anka was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2005.[2]

Personal life

Anka was born in Ottawa, Ontario to Camelia and Andrew Emile "Andy" Anka, Sr. They owned a restaurant named the Locanda.[3] His parents were both Antiochian Orthodox Christians in Lebanon.[4] Anka's father and his mother were Canadian-Lebanese "from the town of Kfarmishki, in Lebanon."[5]

Anka grew up singing in the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church choir. He went to Fisher Park High School where he was part of a vocal trio called the Bobby Soxers.[6][7]

He became an American citizen in 1990. He is married to Polish-born Anna Anka.


  1. "Paul Anka Biography". Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. "Paul Anka". Canada's Walk of Fame. Retrieved 2015-3-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "Paul Anka profile". Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  4. "Paul Anka". Encyclopedia Britannica.
  5. "Paul Anka Biogrpahy". Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  6. "Paul Anka profile". City of Ottawa. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  7. "Paul Anka profile". History Of Rock. Retrieved December 4, 2013.

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