By 1959, Paul Anka was a star. He had numberous hit singles including the number one “Diana.” His concerts were selling out and he was one of the most successful songwriters in the music business.
He sang the song “Lonely Boy” in the film GIRLS TOWN. Released as a single, it reached number one on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 on July 13, 1959. It would remain at the top of the charts for four weeks.
Anka’s career as a songwriter and singer continues down to the present day. Perhaps the most lucrative compostion of his career was The Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Theme. Every time it was played on the show he received a royalty check. This went on for over 30 years, which added up to a lot of checks.