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CERRITOS – Former teen heartthrob Paul Anka will perform his greatest hits at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on March 1.
With just one hit, “Diana,” Anka went from regular teen to a worldwide phenom at age 15. Written for the object of his teen crush, the No. 1 song sold millions of copies and paved the way for an illustrious run highlighted by more than 90 million album sales, television shows, movies, a Vegas headline act, and successful collaborations with music industry luminaries such as Buddy Holly and Connie Francis.
Anka continued his streak on the music charts with “You’re Having My Baby,” “Lonely Boy,” “Crazy Love,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “You Are My Destiny.”
Billboard named Anka one of the most successful musicians in history, a list that also includes Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
Anka also found great success in writing songs for others. He penned “She’s a Lady,” which was Tom Jones’ biggest hit; “Puppy Love” for Donny Osmond; and “My Way,” which became Frank Sinatra’s signature song.
Anka also co-wrote Michael Jackson’s worldwide hit “This Is It.”
Anka was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993.
Tickets to see Anka perform in Cerritos range from $55-$90, though all seats priced $75 and higher are sold out. For tickets, call (562) 467-8818 or visit cerritoscenter.com.
Published: Feb. 6, 2014 – Volume 12 – Issue 43