One of the first and most iconic teen idols in pop music, Paul Anka helped define the voice of a generation. The gifted songwriter has crafted the kinds of lyrics and melodies destined to top charts and win hearts, whether for himself or a fellow famed singer — and despite the fleeting, ever-evolving shape of pop, he has managed to do it for decades.
Born July 30, 1941, Anka grew up in a tight-knit Ottawa family, but didn’t waste much time getting his life in music started. He sang in the choir at church and studied piano. By 13, he had his own vocal group, the Bobbysoxers.