Posted: July 13, 2013
When the British invasion made his fans swoon for a new style of music—and musician--Anka made sure he wasn’t conquered. A rapier-canny businessman and image-builder who took his career into his own hands—just as he had from the very beginning, swiping his mother’s car at fourteen to drive himself, underage, to his first gigs in Quebec—Anka toured the world until he could return home in triumph. A charter member of the Rat Pack, he wrote the theme music for The Tonight Show as well as his friend Frank Sinatra’s anthem “My Way”. By the 1970s, a multi-decade string of pop chart-toppers, including “Puppy Love” and “(You’re) Having My Baby”, cemented his status as an icon.
My Way is bursting with rich, rollicking stories of the business and the people in Anka’s life: Elizabeth Taylor, Dodi Fayed, Tom Jones, Michael Jackson, Adnan Khashoggi, Little Richard, Brooke Shields, Johnny Roselli, Sammy Davis, Jr., Brigitte Bardot, Barnum & Bailey Circus acrobats, and many more. Anka is forthcoming, funny and smart as a whip about the business he’s been in for almost six decades. My Way moves from New York to Vegas, from the casino stage to back stages all over the world. It’s the most entertaining autobiography of the year.
This book is more than just about the songs that Paul Anka wrote and sang. He talks about his time on the road with a group of singers who drove around on buses. Not like buses of today but the old buses. The different people he meet who he got along with and who he did not. He also talks a lot about old Las Vegas. The Rat Pack and some day being like them. The part of old Vegas was really interesting especially about the Sands Hotel and just the vibe that was going off in that town. There are stories of the mob but light weight but just enough to make it interesting. He does talk about how he writes a song and how some other people he knows write their songs. Towards the end of the book I thought he went on a little much between the fight of Trump AND Winn, but over all a good story.