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what the fuck do you mean Top Album: Rock Swings?!
Posted by liam on Wednesday, 10.3.07 @ 14:15pm
As you can see for yourself by shifting your eyes two inches to the left, Top Album data is computed by listeners using Audioscrobbler (AKA, Last.fm).
Posted by William on Wednesday, 10.3.07 @ 15:15pm
so therefore there can't be much else to his career then, if that's the album they chose
Posted by liam on Wednesday, 10.3.07 @ 15:54pm
I don't know or care much about Paul Anka, but that's certainly not true for everyone else. Audioscrobbler's user base is fickle as anything.
Posted by William on Wednesday, 10.3.07 @ 19:18pm
Well, I think he should make it to the RARHOF but his album "rock Swings" really stinks in a funny way LOL
Posted by patrick on Monday, 11.12.07 @ 07:18am
Paul Anka Rocks and always has. He writes and sings his own music. He wrote My Way and how many people have covered that???? There is no end to his musical talents. He should have been one of the first to get in the Hall. Listen to his album JUBILATION. Saw him do Great Jubilation live...the place rocked and the roof almost caved in. Go Paul...another great talent overlooked by the Hall.
Posted by Anita on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 11:48am
Maybe as a songwriter, but he is forever going to be associated with the "teen idol" era of the early 60's...guilty by association, if you will. I think that will hurt his chances as a performer. His niche might be the Songwriters' HoF, if he isn't already inducted into that.
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 11:57am
FYI-Paul Anka was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1993.
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 12:01pm
Didn't know anything about the "Rock Swings" album until I found it on Rhapsody...man, that album is truly DREADFUL!!! It's right up there with Pat Boone's "metal" album...real Dr. Dimento stuff!!!
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 13:08pm
Get Neil Sedaka instead.
Posted by denyo on Wednesday, 11.12.08 @ 18:51pm
Wow he is not in...? from "Diana," "Lonely Boy," and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder." This 50's/60's rocker wrote the book on class and style....
Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 12.6.08 @ 22:07pm
In the 50's, the mainstream music industry rushed to create so called "teen idols" such as Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Neil Diamond and Neil Sedaka. Incidentally, none of which are in the RRHOF. I guess someone doesn't like teen idols lol.
Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 14:20pm
I can't stand Paul Anka. The only song by him I can tolerate is "You Are My Destiny." But "Diana," "Lonely Boy," "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," and "Puppy Love" all irritate me to no end. Yuck.
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 14:42pm
Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 18:01pm
It's not an issue of class. Music historians tend to look at the Teen Idols of the late 50s and early 60s as one of the biggest forces working to halt the progression of rock 'n' roll, because they were very much watered down wimp pop. Rare exceptions like Bobby Darin, Rick Nelson, and even Bobby Rydell, though his had more of a swinging feel to it. There's a bit of truth to that. I personally hate Paul's voice. It's just so awful. But really, he wasn't a very influential artist, and little to nothing in the way of innovation.
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 18:17pm
To me, "Teen Idols" from that era were precursors to the "boy band" craze. it seems like they served the same purpose...whatever that is!
Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 19:48pm
I am not a fan of the Faux Elvis's that the Pop world through at the audience in the late 50's, early 60's. However, his English re-write of 'My Way' is a classic which will last forever (Sinatra Version). But for me, back in the late 70's while in Atlantic City, he saw my 85 y.o. Sicilian grandmother in her wheelchair and just walked over to her to say hello. He spent quite a bit of time with her; we took photos and he gave us tickets to his show that evening. He made her smile that day and for that, he is good in my book.
Posted by Dameon on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 06:14am
Sorry - that would be "threw", not through.
Posted by Dameon on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 07:24am
I give him credit for the translating/reworking of the lyrics to "My Way." But if you want to hear a REALLY good version of that song, find the version by the Platters. Very stately, dignified, and yet still thoughtful.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 03.26.09 @ 15:50pm
Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, and several others are all absent from the Hall. Is there some reason this group is being snubbed?
Posted by QuestKenneth on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 13:30pm
She`s Having My Baby
Posted by DDD on Thursday, 08.19.10 @ 08:09am
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 11.17.10 @ 09:37am
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 11.17.10 @ 09:50am
ARTISTS WHO PETER CETERA GAVE THE INDUCTION SPEECHES FOR AT THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONIES
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 19:23pm
PAUL ANKA AND NEIL SEDAKA ARE PIONEERS OF ROCK AND ROLL! AT LEAST ROCK WAS STILL YOUNG.I READ ALOT OF COMMENTS PEOPLE WRITE ABOUT EARLY ROCK. IT'S PLAIN TO SEE THAT MANY OF THEM ARE NOT EDUCATED ON THE HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL! THEY SHOULD READ SOME OF THE BOOKS BY JOEL WHITBURN ("BILLBOARDS TOP 40 BY JOEL WHITBURN") AND MANY OTHER BOOKS AND ARTICLES ABOUT ROCK AND ROLL. ANKA AND SEDAKA HAVE WELL OVER 30 SONGS THAT HAVE MADE BILL BOARDS TOP 40 HITS. NOW DON'T FORGET PERCY SLEDGE GOT INDUCTED ON THE STRENGTH OF ONE HIT ("WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN"). WHAT, BUT NO PAUL OR NEIL? JUST LIKE PAUL SIMON SAID WHEN HE INTRODUCED NEIL DIAMOND FOR HIS INDUCTION, "WHAT TOOK SO LONG...HE'S BEEN ELIGABLE SINCE 1992"! WHEN GENE PITNEY WAS INDUCTED IN 2002 I CALLED THE RRHOF AND WROTE THEM A LETTER ABOUT THIS SUBJECT. THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY VOTE THEM IN BY COMMITTEE, AND THESE AND OTHERS OF THEIR ERA WOULD GET IN EVENTUALLY. WELL IT ONLY TOOK 9 YEARS AFTER I CONTACTED THEM TO PUT MR. DIAMOND IN. I AM SURE GLAD THEY FOUND THE TIME TED JAMES WORKING ROCK AND ROLL SINGER IN S.CA. FOR MANY YEARS. OF COURSE IN AN OLDIES BAND 50'S, 60'S AND 70'S, ETC.
Posted by TED JAMES on Thursday, 08.25.11 @ 22:21pm
I guess if you were a artist after the 1950's, when rock and roll started, one cannot get into the hallof fame. SHAME ON YOU to leave out singers like Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka. they had those nice soft easy to listen songs, unlike the crap we had to listen to in the 1970's
Posted by joel on Wednesday, 09.28.11 @ 09:13am
Too schmaltzy for the Hall.
Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 09:49am
Paul Anka was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2007.
Posted by John on Wednesday, 11.30.11 @ 22:58pm
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 12.1.11 @ 08:50am
Peter Cetera should give the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech for Paul Anka, since he gave the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction speech for Paul Anka.
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 04.11.12 @ 08:35am
Like their music or not, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka and Tony Orlando are not only pioneers, but help put rock and roll on the map. These 3 have done way more for the industry than over 50% of those already elected. Paul and Neil should have been on that first list, no later than the 4th.
Posted by Joe on Thursday, 01.10.13 @ 14:40pm
Sedaka, yes. Anka, maybe. Orlando? No.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 01.10.13 @ 19:30pm
In the late 1950's Elvis was drafted,Chuck Berry was arrested, Little Richard quit the music business, Buddy Holly died, and Jerry Lee Lewis was banned from the airwaves. The rock 'n roll teen idols carried rock and roll until the Beatles came along. Paul Anka's credentials are every bit as deserving for induction as Bobby Darin's. Can anyone honestly say that Del Shannon was more influential to rock and roll than Paul Anka or Neil Sedaka? Hardly.
Posted by John on Wednesday, 05.1.13 @ 12:25pm
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