Kathie Lee & Hoda: Paul Anka Autobiography & Duets Album
Paul Anka has stayed relevant through the decades and stopped by Kathie Lee & Hoda to promote his bestselling autobiography, My Way, and new album, Duets, a collection of superstar collaborations. He said that in My Way, he recalls stories from his career, including stories about other stars. However, he claimed that none of these stories are malicious or give up any confidences. The duets album also features stars. On Duets, Paul Anka collaborates with stars including Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Celine Dion, Tom Jones, and Willie Nelson.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Paul Anka On Justin Bieber
When asked about the comparison between his time as a teen idol and Justin Bieber’s fame, Paul Anka said that there are some similarities. He pointed out that they are both Canadian natives and much like Justin Bieber, Paul Anka used to be surrounded by hordes of screaming girls.
However, he said that the spotlight is much different in today’s society, capturing everything you do on social media and television. He said that when he was a teen idol, no one really knew what he was doing offstage, because the media was so different back then.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Paul Anka On The Beatles
In his late teens, Paul Anka was working in Paris when he saw the performance of a new group, The Beatles. He met John, Paul, George and Ringo later in London and returned home to tell his agents about the band. He said when he first told about The Beatles, their music and their style, nobody listened. He kept pestering his agent about the band and ultimately, his agent got on a plane and signed The Beatles, bringing them to America in 1964.
When asked about how The Beatles and the British Invasion affected his popularity as a teen idol, Paul said that they really opened a window for music. He said that before the British Invasion, popularity of teen idols was specific to their fans, but The Beatles and the British Invasion helped the teen idols and their music become “embraced in totality.”