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Paul Anka

21.7.2012 >> Kirjurinluoto Arena

The legendary pop singer performs with his big jazz band selections from his recent Rock Swings album that offered Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Van Halen’s Jump and REM’s Everybody Hurts among other rock hits. He also does pearls, like Diana or Lonely Boy, from his massive catalogue. Born in Ottawa, Canada, to Lebanese parents in 1941, Paul Anka never was just a pretty teen idol, but also a talented and very prolific songwriter, whose career started from the top, when Diana – written for his a few years older baby sitter – went to number one in USA and many other countries in 1957. Having done close to 150 albums, he has since written evergreens, like Puppy Love, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, You’re Having My Baby and My Way which he taylor-made for Frank Sinatra. Also Buddy Holly, Sid Viscious and many others have covered Anka songs. Paul plays piano, guitar and drums. He was an ardent R&B fan in his early years. His later favourites include Cole Porter, Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Elvis Costello.

Members:
  • Anka Paul, vocals
  • Crosse John, musical director, saxophone
  • Carlon Todd, synthesizer
  • Hiroshi Upshur, piano
  • Sklair Joshua, guitar
  • Toussaint Enrique, bass guitar
  • Lear Graham, drums
  • Willy Daniel, percussion
  • Wu Christine, violin
  • Jaudes Christian, trumpet
  • Burt Debra, trumpet
  • Woods Graig, trombone
  • Bailey Major, trombone

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