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Diana (Paul Anka song)

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"Diana"
Diana (song).jpg
Single by Paul Anka
B-side "Don't Gamble With Love"
Released July 2, 1957 (July 2, 1957)
Recorded May 1957 (Don Costa, New York City, U.S.)
Genre Pop
Length 2:28
Label ABC
Songwriter(s) Joe Sherman, Paul Anka
Paul Anka singles chronology
"Diana"
(1957)
"I Love You, Baby"
(1957)
"Diana"
(1957)
"I Love You, Baby"
(1957)

"Diana" is a song written and made famous by Paul Anka in 1957,[1] recorded in May 1957 at Don Costa studio in New York City. Anka stated in his autobiography that the song was inspired by a girl named Diana Ayoub, whom he had met at his church and community events, and had developed a crush on.[2] Session musicians on the record included Bucky Pizzarelli on Guitar, Irving Wexler on piano, Jerry Bruno on bass, and Panama Francis on drums. The song was recorded in May 1957 at RCA studios.[3] Backup singers included Artie Ripp.[4]

Paul Anka's original 1957 recording reached number 1 on the Billboard "Best Sellers In Stores" chart[5] (although it climbed no higher than number 2 on Billboard′s composite "Top 100" chart) and has reportedly sold over nine million copies.[6] "Diana" also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart.[7] It also reached number 1 on the UK's New Musical Express chart, staying there for nine weeks,[8] and sold 1.25 million copies in the UK.[9][10]

After signing with RCA Records, Anka re-recorded "Diana", along with many other hits in 1963, for the album Paul Anka's 21 Golden Hits.[11]

Chart performance

Weekly singles charts

Chart (1957) Peak
position
Australia 1
Canada (CHUM Hit Parade)[12] 1
Belgium (Flanders)[13] 2
Netherlands[14] 1
UK New Musical Express[8] 1
US Billboard Top 100[15] 2
US Billboard Best Sellers in Stores[5] 1
US Billboard Most Played By Jockeys[16] 2
US Billboard R&B Best Sellers in Stores[17] 1
US Billboard Most Played R&B by Jockeys[18] 2
US Cash Box Top 60[19] 2
US Cash Box Top Ten Juke Box Tunes[20] 1
US Cash Box Records Disc Jockeys Played Most[21] 2
US Cash Box R&B Top 20[22] 2
Belgium (Wallonia)[23] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1957) Rank
US Billboard Best Selling Records: Popular[24] 24
US Billboard Best Selling Records: Rhythm & Blues[24] 8
US Billboard Most Played Records by Jockeys: Popular[25] 28
US Billboard Most Played Records by Jockeys: Rhythm & Blues[25] 23
US Billboard 1957 Top Tunes[26] 18
US Cash Box Top Pop Singles[27] 13
US Cash Box Top Rhythm & Blues Singles[27] 30

Covers and adaptations

Frankie Lymon released a version of the song on his 1958 album Rock 'N Roll.[28]

Paul Anka sang an Italian version of the song, also called "Diana"; the Italian lyrics were written by Mario Panzeri. This version was released on Anka's 1963 album Italiano.[29]

In 1965, Bobby Rydell released the song as a single and on the album Somebody Loves You.[30] Rydell's version reached No. 12 on Canada's RPM Top 40 & 5,[31] while reaching No. 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100,[32] No. 23 on Billboard's Middle Road Singles chart,[33][34] and No. 100 on the Record World 100 Top Pops.[35]

In 1975, Australian band Ol' 55 released a version as their debut single. The song peaked at number 95 on the Kent Music Report.

Ricky Martin sang a duet with Anka on the 1996 album Amigos.[36] This recording reached No. 12 on Billboard's Latin Pop Airplay chart.[37] Another duet was in 2006 with Anka and the famous Italian singer and entertainer Adriano Celentano, with new Italian words by Giulio Rapetti (also known as Mogol) and by the same Celentano; the Italian title was "Oh Diana".[38]

The Bulgarian band Wickeda also covered the song in a style that includes Balkanic folk elements; and the horror punk band Misfits recorded a version on their album Project 1950.

In 1959, the song was covered twice in Hindi film music. One is in the film Dil Deke Dekho with lyrics Kaun yeh aaya mehfil me, music by Usha Khanna. The other is in the film Baap bete with lyrics Bol bol bol my little dove, music by Madan Mohan. Both songs are sung by Mohammad Rafi. The version in Dil deke dekho has a small portion at the end where Asha Bhonsle joins in.

See also

References

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 12 - Big Rock Candy Mountain: Rock 'n' roll in the late fifties. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries. 
  2. ^ Anka, Paul; Dalton, David (2013). My Way: An Autobiography. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 34. ISBN 9780312381042. 
  3. ^ Anka, Paul; Dalton, David (2013). My Way: An Autobiography. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9780312381042. 
  4. ^ "The Four Temptations (ABC Records)". Whitedoowopcollector.blogspot.com. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Best Sellers in Stores". Billboard. 9 September 1957. p. 46. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Paul Anka, History of Rock and Roll. (URL accessed May 14, 2006)
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 32. 
  8. ^ a b Paul Anka - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  9. ^ Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 33. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  11. ^ "Album Reviews", Billboard, June 22, 1963. p. 10. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "CHUM Chart Archives - Anka Paul". CHUM. Archived from the original on July 16, 2006. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  13. ^ Paul Anka – Diana, Ultratop. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  14. ^ Paul Anka – Diana, Dutch Charts. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  15. ^ "Top 100", Billboard, September 9, 1957. p. 50. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "Top 100", Billboard, September 30, 1957. p. 46. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  17. ^ "R&B Best Sellers in Stores", Billboard, September 30, 1957. p. 60. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  18. ^ "Top 100", Billboard, October 14, 1957. p. 55. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  19. ^ "The Cash Box Top 60 Best Selling Tunes on Records", Cash Box, September 21, 1957. p. 8. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  20. ^ "The Nation's Top Ten Juke Box Tunes", Cash Box, October 12, 1957. p. 4. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  21. ^ "The Records Disc Jockeys Played Most", Cash Box, September 14, 1957. p. 16. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  22. ^ "The Nation's R&B Top 20", Cash Box, October 5, 1957. p. 57. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  23. ^ Paul Anka – Diana, Ultratop. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  24. ^ a b "1957's Best Selling Records", Billboard, December 23, 1957. p. 20. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  25. ^ a b "1957's Most Played Records by Jockeys", Billboard, December 23, 1957. p. 21. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  26. ^ "1957 Top Tunes", Billboard, December 23, 1957. p. 22. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  27. ^ a b "The Best Selling Records of 1957", Cash Box, December 28, 1957. pp. 8-9. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  28. ^ "Rock 'N Roll – Frankie Lymon". AllMusic. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  29. ^ Paul Anka - Diana (Italiano), norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  30. ^ "Album Reviews", Billboard, March 20, 1965. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  31. ^ "Top 40 & 5", RPM Weekly, Volume 3, No. 2, March 08, 1965. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  32. ^ Hot 100 - Bobby Rydell Diana Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  33. ^ Adult Contemporary - Bobby Rydell Diana Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  34. ^ "Middle Road Singles", Billboard, February 13, 1965. p. 50. Accessed May 22, 2016.
  35. ^ "100 Top Pops", Record World, February 20, 1965. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  36. ^ "Amigos – Paul Anka". AllMusic. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  37. ^ Latin Pop Airplay - Paul Anka & Ricky Martin Diana Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  38. ^ Adriano Celentano e Paul Anka - Oh Diana, norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
Preceded by
"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley
UK number one single
30 August 1957 for nine weeks
Succeeded by
"That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly & The Crickets
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