It’s the big 6-0 for Paul Anka. The legendary singer and songwriter is celebrating 60 years in the music industry with a special set of performances in the intimate Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.
An honored member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Anka will perform his collection of original songs such as “Diana,” “Lonely Boy” and “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” as well as classics he wrote for other artists including Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Tom Jones’ “She’s a Lady” and Michael Jackson’s “This Is It.” Anka will be backed by his orchestra for one unforgettable experience.
Paul Anka wrote his first single “I Confess” when he was just 14 years old. In 1957, with $100 that was given to him by his uncle, he went to New York City where he auditioned for Don Costa at ABC, singing a song that was believed to be written to a former babysitter. He hit it big with “Diana.” The song skyrocketed to No. 1 on the Canadian and US music charts. “Diana” was followed up by four songs that made it into the Top 20 in 1958, including “It’s Time to Cry” and “All of A Sudden My Heart Sings.” He also wrote the theme for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”
In addition to his music career, Anka has dabbled in film. His first role in a major film was in a cameo as an army private in The Longest Day in 1962. He also composed the title song to the movie. In 2001 he played a casino pit manager in 3000 Miles to Graceland as well as a yacht broker in Captain Ron in 1992. He made appearances as himself in the episode “Red’s Last Day” on “That ’70’s Show” and in “The Real Paul Anka” episode of “Gilmore Girls.”
Anka was also one of the first pop singers to perform at the Las Vegas casinos and now we can’t wait to have him and his music back.
Paul Anka will perform his hits at the Encore Theater May 18, 19, 23, 25 & 26. You can find discounted tickets to the show here on Best of Vegas.