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Coming up this evening at nine, Piers Morgan invites Paul Anka to join him in studio for an endearing and insightful primetime, face to face interview.
A celebrated singer, songwriter, and actor, Anka penned the infamous Frank Sinatra song "My Way," an achievement he explains in fascinating detail as part of this evenings "Piers Morgan Live":
"I came back to New York where I was living at the time. I was sitting up in my apartment, one o’clock in the morning, and I still cannot get my arms around the fact that Sinatra is leaving. And I started typing," Anka tells the host. "I said, 'What would Frank do with this if he were writing it.' And metaphorically, I started creating this song as if Frank were writing it, 'And now the end is near. The final curtain.' Wrote it 'till five o’clock in the morning and at the end of it, I knew that I had something that I wouldn’t be afraid to give him."
Often intimidated by the legendary Sinatra, Anka also describes the very first moment he heard his words come to life, and the emotion that came with the experience:
"I flew out to Vegas where he was at Caesars. I played it to him. I knew that by the reaction he gave me he was going to do it," Anka recalls. "I’m in New York two months later. The phone rings, Mr. Sinatra on the phone. He says, 'Kid! Listen to this.' Took the phone, put it up to the speaker. I heard ‘My Way’ for the first time and I started crying."
Watch the clip, and listen to interview, then tune in at 9 as the man behind such classics as "Diana," "Lonely Boy," and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" shares details of his relationship with Sinatra, and discusses his autobiography "My Way."
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