Diana (Paul Anka song)
|Single by Paul Anka|
|B-side||"Don't Gamble With Love"|
|Released||July 2, 1957|
|Writer(s)||Joe Sherman/Paul Anka|
"Diana" is a song written and made famous by Paul Anka in 1957, recorded in May 1957 at Don Costa studio in New York. Reportedly inspired by a high school friend of Anka's named Diana Ayoub, in an interview with NPR's Terry Gross in 2005, he stated that it was inspired by a girl at his church who he hardly knew.
The original Paul Anka 1957 recording reached number one on the Billboard "Best Sellers In Stores" chart (although it climbed no higher than number 2 on Billboard's composite "Top 100" chart) and has reportedly sold over 9 million copies. "Diana" also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers list chart. It also reached number 1 in the UK single chart and has sold 1.25 million in the UK.
After signing with RCA Records, Paul Anka rerecorded "Diana", along with many other hits in 1963. All these versions were also published in Italian for a special LP.
The song has been covered many times. Ricky Martin sang a duet with Anka on the album Amigos. The horror punk band Misfits recorded a version on their album Project 1950. Another duet was in 2006 with Anka and the famous Italian singer and entertainer Adriano Celentano with a new Italian text made by Giulio Rapetti (well known as Mogol).
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||2|
|U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart||1|
|Canadian Singles Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|Australia Singles Chart||1|
"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley
|UK number one single
August 30, 1957 for 9 weeks
"That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On" by Jerry Lee Lewis
|Billboard R&B Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
September 23, 1957 - September 30, 1957 (two weeks)
"Honeycomb" by Jimmie Rodgers
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- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 32.
- Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
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