2009-10-16 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Paul Anka At Westbury 10/24

Paul Anka will appear at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m. Anka has conquered many challenges over the course of the last five decades, forging a career that's unlike any other in the history of pop. One of the biggest teen idols of the late 1950s, Anka moved to the adult sphere several years later and became a successful performer and songwriter. He has recorded 125 albums to date including more than ten albums in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, and Italian, composing songs culturally tailored to each country. He has sold close to 15 million albums worldwide. Among his Billboard chart stats in the U.S. are three #1 songs, "Diana," "Lonely Boy," and "You're Having My Baby," as well as 22 Top 20 hits.

Anka's latest CD, Classic Songs, My Way, features lush treatments of songs by Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, and Bryan Adams, a swinging take on the Killers' "Mr. Brightside" and surprising new renditions of two classics his own formidable canon. The recipient of valuable support from Anka earlier in his career, Michael Bublé returns the favor by joining his swing mentor on his 1958 Top 10 hit "You Are My Des - tiny" - the remarkable new version re - places the original's teenage ardour with a temperament that's older and wiser. For the album's grand finale, Jon Bon Jovi joins Anka on a soaring performance of "My Way," which Paul famously turned from a little-known French song into a perennial showstopper for his late friend Frank Sinatra.

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