By David Stratton
From teen idol to Vegas veteran, Paul Anka has become a pop legend by doing it his way. And Las Vegas showgoers get a treat as Anka begins a 10-day run on Monday, Jan. 27, at the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre.
Anka’s performances will be at 9 p.m. nightly, except on dark days, Jan. 29, Feb. 3 and 4. Tickets are $70 inclusive. For information call (702) 891-7777.
Paul Anka began his illustrious career by collecting enough soup-can labels to win a supermarket-sponsored trip from Ottawa, Ontario to New York City. He was still just a teenager, but once in the Big Apple, Paul entered amateur contests and sneaked into clubs, trying to gain notice as a singer-songwriter.
His efforts finally paid off when he pitched a song called "Diana" to producer Don Costa. Written about a crush he had on an older girl, the song skyrocketed to No. 1 on the charts ?and turned the 16-year-old into a teen idol.
Since those days in the mid 1950s, Paul Anka has gone on to become one of the greatest songwriters in history. Since the beginning of his career, Anka’s songs have been performed over 90 million times worldwide. Collectively, his record and single sales have totaled more than 50 million copies. Moreover, he has written over 900 songs, starting with "Diana" and continuing with classics such as "My Way," "Lonely Boy," "The Tonight Show Theme," "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," "Having My Baby," "Puppy Love" and "She’s A Lady."
Now entering his sixth decade in show business, Paul Anka has performed for heads of state, high rollers in casinos and charitable causes.