A new 14-song collection by pop music legend Paul Anka, Duets, is set for release April 9th through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The release coincides with the in-store date for Anka's long-awaited life story, My Way: An Autobiography, co-written with David Dalton and published by St. Martins Press.
In his 55th year as a performer, Paul Anka is a national treasure (notwithstanding he was born in Ottawa) who quickly separated himself from the pack of teen idols that surfaced in the mid-to-late 1950s. He did this mainly by virtue of writing all his own hits (Diana,You Are My Destiny, Lonely Boy, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Puppy Love), and taking control of his business career (producing, buying and owning his master recordings, a practice he still employs today). He further separated himself from the pack during the pre-Beatles era by moving into posh big city night clubs like New York's Copacabana, that were long the province of Frank Sinatra and his generation. Anka also graduated from early rock exploitation films (like Let's Rock and Girls Town) into mature film roles like The Longest Day, (for which he wrote the Oscar-nominated title song).