@The Grand Opera House
Saturday 9/14/2019 8:00 PM
In one night Paul Anka pays tribute to the immortal “Chairman of the Board,” and on the same night Paul performs the songs that made him a global legend. With an amazing run of seven decades of chart-topping hits including his own classic hits, experience an evening with one of the most prolific and versatile artists of any generation.
What does Paul Anka and Campbells soup have in common?
In his bio Anka says it was a contest by a food store chain involving the iconic American soup that would eventuall lead to his success. Anka won a trip to New York by winning a Campbell’s soup contest for IGA Food Stores that required him to spend three months collecting soup can labels. It was thereWhat does Paul Anka and Campbells soup have in common? In his bio Anka says it was a contest by a food store chain involving the iconic American soup that would eventually lead to his success. Anka won a trip to New York by winning a Campbell’s soup contest for IGA Food Stores that required him to spend three months collecting soup can labels. It was there his dream was solidified; he was going to make it as a singer composer; there was not a doubt in his young tenacious This weekend Anka will be on Galveston island with his tribute to Frank Sinatra.
Anka's celebrity came very early when he met with a Paramount-ABC Record executive. He played him a batch of songs that included “Diana” – the record executive was enthusiastic about the potential of the young singer and songwriter. The rapid and enormous success of “Diana”- his first number one hit – made him a star. This would eventually lead to the hit "Put Your Head on My Shoulder"
“They are all very autobiographical,” says Anka of his early hits. “I was alone, traveling, girls screaming, and I never got near them. I’m a teenager and feeling isolated and all that. That becomes ‘Lonely Boy.’ At record hops, I’m up on stage and all these kids are holding each other with heads on each other’s shoulders. Then I must go have dinner in my room because there are thousands of kids outside the hotel — ‘Put Your Head on My Shoulder’ was totally that experience.
Songwriting and performing “are what gave me the confidence to keep going,” he says. Becoming a junior associate of Sinatra and the Rat Pack also had its privileges. By the ‘70s, the success of “My Way” and a string of hits like “(You’re) Having My Baby” confirmed his status as an icon of popular music.
Paul Anka on the island tonight singing Sinatra. It's a well worth trip to Galveston Island.
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