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Diana, You Are My Destiny and Paul Anka

Take a walk down memory lane with me.  Paul Anka hit it big when I was in junior high and continued wowing us with his hits through my high school years.  Follow me back to the late 50’s and 60’s as we reminiscence our way through one of the great singer/songwriters in pop music history.  Some of my favorite songs were written and record by this Canadian who lives in the US and had his car towed away while in the US Immigration and Naturalization Service becoming a citizen in August of 1990. 

Paul Anka

Paul Anka

Record Sales of Over 100 Million Copies

He made his first public appearance at the age of 10 and, in 1953, earned $35 at an amateur talent contest impersonating Johnny Ray.  In September of the same year he proves his songwriting ability  – I Confesss old 3,000 copies.  Early 1957 found Anka in New York City who became very impressed with the city.  He borrows $100 from his father and returns from Ottawa to New York City with four songs he is going to tape.  During this visit ABC Records signs this rare breed of singer/songwriter to Paramount.

Diana becomes #1 in the UK a month after its release and sells over nine million copies worldwide, landing it in the top five best-selling singles of all time.  Diana is followed by You Are My Destiny (#7, 1958), Crazy Love ( #15, 1958), Lonely Boy (#1, 1959), Hello Young Lovers (#23, 1960), Put Your Head On My Shoulder (#2, 1959) and Puppy Love (#2, 1960).

In 1969 Frank Sinatra adopted My Way as his signature song.  Interestingly enough, David Bowie recorded the first version of the French Comme D’Habitude transposed to English by Anka. It went to #5 in the UK while Sintra’s version hit #27 in the US.

His first hit since 1959 was in 1974 almost four years after he signed with Buddah.  The very controversial (You’re) Having My Baby was a duet sung with Odia Coates, his protegee.  They went on to record a total of four hits together.  In 1976 Kodak used his song Solo Times Of Your Life in a television commercial sparking Paul Anka’s final Top Ten hit.

Although Paul Anka does not make the charts anymore, he continues to tour worldwide.  Please visit his official site: PaulAnka.com

My eBay store currently has three Paul Anka record albums for sale:

1)  Paul Anka’s 21 Golden Hits – 1963

2)  Paul Anka Self – Titled – 1974 (?)

4)  Feelings – 1975

Happy Days!


The Beginning of Doo Wop

Wop wop a do wop, ba bang a dong ding/bome……..


The Marcels

The Marcels

We attribute the beat, the sound, the rhythm, and the emotion of Doo Wop with the 1950’s. We also liken it to one particular deejay  from New York City – “Cousin Brucie” Morrow.  This one person helped shape rock ‘n’ roll music almost as much as the groups who sang and danced their ways into our hearts and memories.  According to him “all the basic elements of music as we enjoy it today existed in African music over four-hundred years ago.”   Take that history steeped in the church pews of black America and stir it up with a dollop of the blues and what you have is what we fondly call Doo Wop.

Doo wop artists emerged out of the swing-jazz era.  Big bands became, quartets and quintets.  Many of these new artists borrowed songs that had been major hits for jazz artists – adding their particular spin to the classics.  “In The Still of the Night” (Five Satins and Billy Eckstine); “Blue Moon” (the Marcels and Glen Gray) and “Stormy Weather” (the Spaniels and Lena Horne) are just a few.  Over the next few weeks, we will be visiting some of my favorites.

Five Satins

Five Satins

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Where are You, Gosinta?

That question seems to be echoing through an empty canyon……..No, I haven’t disappered; just kinda was on hiatus.  Watch out, cuz she’s back!!!

News from the …com world!  Gosinta  is going through a total makeover.  Yes, I’ll still be old, but the look will be way new!  My eBay store Gosinta is going through a complete makeover – new colors, new look, new products and lots of cool stuff.  The biggest annoucement is Gosinta is launching a website!  This will include my WordPress blog and and opportunity to sign up for my newsletter. The newsletter will keep you informed of all the changes, new happenings, special newsletter subscriber only offers and discounts, early bird specials, discussion groups and contests.  Please sign up  for a free subscription to my newsletter when you visit my eBay store Gosinta.  I will send you a special alphabetical list  (26 total) of oldie artist/groups along with the names of the hottest hits.  Until later days……