CLEARWATER - Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Anka returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. This will be his first concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall since his sold-out date in February.
Paul Anka, one of the biggest teen idols of the late ’50s, with songs that shaped a generation such as Diana, Lonely Boy and Put Your Head on My Shoulder, moved into the adult sphere as a successful performer, songwriter and recording artist. He’s written well-known music including the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones’ biggest hits, She’s A Lady.
Paul also wrote the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra’s signature song My Way. He was nominated for an Academy Award® for the theme of the 1962 film The Longest Day (which he also starred in), and if that wasn’t enough, it was revealed upon its release in 2009, that Anka co-wrote Michael Jackson’s posthumous No. 1 worldwide hit, This Is It, which has further cemented his place as one of the most prolific and versatile songwriters of any generation.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Anka released two critically acclaimed albums, Rock Swings and Classic Songs, My Way. Both ingeniously featured songs originally created by some of the biggest rock performers of the day; Anka, of course, did the songs “his way.” Rock Swings hit #2 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart and went on to sell half a million copies worldwide, setting a milestone by making Anka the only artist in history to have a record on Billboard’s Top 50 chart for 6 consecutive decades.
This year, Anka released his New York Times bestselling autobiography published by St. Martin’s Press, My Way and a new 14-song album entitled Duets released by Sony Music Entertainment which features artists including Tom Jones, Dolly Parton, Leon Russell, Willie Nelson and Celine Dion.
Reserved tickets priced at $55, $69 and $100 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.RuthEckerdHall.com.
Pre-show dining priced at $20 is available before the performance. For reservations and more information, patrons are encouraged to contact the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office.