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What a fantastic performer!
is he actually any good, or just mildly pleasing in an ironically retro way?
I've been digging Tommy Roe (its now winters day) and Del Shannon (further adventures of Charles Westover) a lot recently, so I'd be interested if there is more to P Anka past the 'hits'.
An intelligent response from the knowledgeable mr grockle! Yes - he is great. To be honest. I'm only familiar with the hits (Diana, Put Your Head on My shoulder, Eso Beso, Crazy Love etc plus Rock Swings album), and cos I sing a bit I'm most interested in his singing style (which is excellent). But yes - he really is a talented singer and performer and a great songwriter. I don't think there's really much beyond the hits - he was/is resolutely pop..
I've got an ancient EP of his stuff, I'll give it a spin tonight...nice one