Paul Anka – Lonely Boy (1959 – Part 9)

Paul Anka is one of those artists who’s known for both his own individual hits as well as those written for others. On one hand, he’s the man behind signature songs such as Tom Jones’ She’s a Lady and Frank Sinatra’s My Way (where he contributed the lyrics to). He composed It Doesn’t Matter Anymore for Buddy Holly, which turned out to be one of the last songs recorded by the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer before his tragic death in 1959. “I’m giving my composer’s royalty to his widow – it’s the least I can do” is Anka quoted as saying. Finally, a 1983 session with Michael Jackson yielded This Is It and Love Never Felt So Good, both posthumous hits.

In parallel with this, Anka was a constant presence in the charts throughout the late-50s and 60s, with even a comeback in the 70s. Diana, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, (You’re) Having My Baby and Lonely Boy are examples of hits that have cemented his legacy. The last of them is perhaps best known being featured in the movie Girls Town, which Wikipedia describes as a “1950s rebellious teen exploitation film”. Anka even had an acting role in it – that of a famous singer – which would lead to him being cast in more movies over the years.

Lonely Boy spent 4 consecutive weeks at number one in Billboard Top 100 before being dethroned by Elvis Presley’s A Big Hunk o’ Love.

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