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Paul Anka

Paul Anka


Paul Anka has written and recorded some monster songs. A total of 52 of his songs have been covered. He wrote the theme song for Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show”, there is a link at the end to the story about it. He wrote the English words to “Comme d'habitude” (written by Claude François, Jacques Revaux, Gilles Thibault) sung by Claude François (1967), titled “My Way” for Frank Sinatra, recorded in 1968. This song of course you may know went on to be his (Sinatra’s) signature song. Paul himself would record “My Way” in 1969 one of 75 versions of the song.
Here is Claude François https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GME3fMeK5ts Paul and Frank together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP_tMa7VliY
Paul Anka wrote and recorded the chauvinistic yet catchy tune “She's a Lady” in 1969, Tom Jones would have a smash #1 hit with this song in 1971. This song has been covered 30 times, including a re-written version by Anka cutting out some of the more chauvinistic lyrics. Paul Anka, …

Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot

It does not surprise me that this song has been covered 85 times, a finer piece of music mastery you’ll rarely find. Few artists have had the international reach that Lightfoot has obtained.
“Early Morning Rain” written by Gordon Lightfoot, recorded December 1964, released in 1966 on “Lightfoot”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhFP5l71PRE Pavel Bobek from the Czech Republic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZi62jbgTm8 Here is an out take version from some guy named Elvis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY2tUC8OPsg And if you like Bluegrass here are New Shades of Bluegrass from 1980 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr6irYHEXLU As he had a job as a songwriter before he had much success as a singer many may have thought he covered Peter, Paul and Mary (1965). Other notable versions are; Bob Dylan (1970), Paul Weller (2004), very few female artists did this one but Judy Collins did in 1965 and Julie Felix (1969).
If You Could Read My Mind” written by Gordon Lightfoot and reco…