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Paul Anka talks about Elvis imitating

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:57 pm

This was in the 8/24 New York Post, after clicking this link:

http://www.nypost.com/seven/08242006/en ... miller.htm

Scroll down till you see:

"GUESS THAT'S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES

"I can never listen to 'Blue Suede Shoes.'

"When I started out, I used to do impressions of Elvis Presley and other singers. One night I drove out to the Glenn Lee Nightclub, in Hull, Quebec, where they were holding amateur contests, and I wanted to do an Elvis Presley impersonation that night. So I bought a blue velvet suit, and went out to the nightclub - took my mother's car without her knowing it, got to the club, changed into the suit. I went on stage with my fake guitar and velvet suit, and at 15 years of age, started gyrating and doing all the Elvis moves. In the middle of the song, I gyrated right out of the suit - pants split all the way up the ass. I ran out and never went back. And, when I drove home in my mother's Austin Healey, there was a snow storm. I couldn't get the car out of second gear, blew the piston right through the engine roof. The car broke down. I then got picked up by the mounted police."

- Paul Anka, who is in the midst of recording "Rock Swings 2""

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:31 am

Turns out Paul Anka is quite the perfectionist when it comes to performing... ;-)

http://www.noisetank.com/integrity

Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:10 am

What a complete friend ... little man with a huge ego.

Even at his worse in '74, Elvis had a thousand times more class
than Mr. Anka.

Up here at Casino Rama, the staff consider him to be the worse
prima donna to walk the halls.

Sat Aug 26, 2006 7:47 am

I never could stand that arrogant little runt.......

Sat Aug 26, 2006 4:10 pm

Listening to the clip I do understand and sympathise on that particular ocassion with Anka.

He pays for job and then the people concerned didn't do the job.

Given that scenario we have all heard how Elvis could and would be worse. His angle was TCB and when those paid to TCB didn't they got the wrath of Elvis. We just haven't heard audio of it, that's all the differrence is.

Sat Aug 26, 2006 11:07 pm

Not that I would ever dispute Anka's hack credentials, he gave teen idols a bad name (although "Diana" is a decent recod), but I don't understand what is the least bit offensive about this story. He was singing this song and imitating Elvis and it led to an embarrassing situation. It says nothing about Elvis as a musician or person. In fact it's a tribute that Anka was imitating him. We're getting way too sensitive here.

And

Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:01 am

And what Anka said... so offensive ??? There is nothing bad or offensive to Elvis in his marginal comment.
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:31 am

likethebike wrote:Not that I would ever dispute Anka's hack credentials, he gave teen idols a bad name (although "Diana" is a decent recod), but I don't understand what is the least bit offensive about this story. He was singing this song and imitating Elvis and it led to an embarrassing situation. It says nothing about Elvis as a musician or person. In fact it's a tribute that Anka was imitating him. We're getting way too sensitive here.



Nothing wrong with what Anka said, I'm referring to the "thenexte"'s voice link. Anka absolutely loses it with his staff after a concert, starting with a backup member wearing a tee shirt.
He threatens, yells, belittles, and relentlessly insults his staff, even threatening their children's ability to exist with no family income.
Unlike Elvis, he doesn't let up ... he keeps up the tirade for a seemingless endless rant.

Very tyrannical ... I've heard him described locally as a male diva ... yet he is 3 decades removed from his last hit record.

Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:43 am

Oh please.

Paul Anka is a great artist. He sang many hit songs and continues to pull audiences in Las Vegas. He doesn't have to prove anything anymore, i'd have an ego if i were him.

So he loses his temper. And Elvis never lost his temper, never did anything wrong huh? Blah blah.

I hate to see these threads come up here too often, some celebrity says something about Elvis and under one minute he's labelled as "backstabber," "prima donna" "untalented" etc. etc. Sensitive indeed. It's almost like an insult to suggest any of other artists of Elvis' era had any credentials to match or even surpass him.

As an artist Elvis might have been one of a kind, but there always were and always will be others around. Most of them very much deserve our respect.

No offence to anyone here, but just wanted to point that out.

Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:54 am

But his staff belittled him and humiliated him in front of the public - he only did it to them in private, or so he thought as I'll bet no one told him they were recording him which isn't fair considering he had to live through what they did to him on stage in front of the public.

He gave them money to do a simple job.

They either lacked the ability or the deisre to do that simple job.

Whichever of the two it was they failed. That the task was so simple makes it even worse.
His reaction was a natural one and only he knows how angry they had chosen to make him so who are we to judge his reaction accuratley ?

Personally I'd have cooly and calmly fired all of them then advertised the job vacancy in front of them: "Wanted - person who knows what a T-shirt is and not to wear it when I say so. Salary: $over the top"

Sun Aug 27, 2006 4:03 am

:?
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:20 am

As a business owner with employees, I disagree.

You can discipline and criticize people constructively and get results.
If your employees cannot grasp a concept, then do the humane thing and
fire them ... to keep incompetants around to serve as whipping boys is
sadistic.
This is not an isolated 10 second clip ... he has a history of being cruelly
tyrannical ... keep your head down and don't disturb the diva.

Not a class act.

Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:27 pm

Listening to that sound btye, I thought it was Joe Pesci speaking, "and that's just the phuckin way it is , do you understand me?" In defense of Anka, if his guys weren't focused, I'd be pissed as well. I'm curious, is that crew still with him?

Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:14 pm

The guy is a professional, with high standards.
You'd have thought everyone in his band would have been aware of that. Too bad that they weren't. I'd be the same as him - he pays them, he sets the standards.

Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:02 pm

Well my criticism had nothing to do with this particular clip........he's an arrogant little prick regardless of this episode.

Ad for those who proclaim him a great artist..........what the hell are you doing here??? Isn't there a Celine Dion or Steve Lawrence site you could be browsing??

Great artist.......

:lol: :lol: :lol: :roll:

Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:27 pm

Why is it always the short guys who act like dictators! :lol:

Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:31 pm

Joe Car wrote:Why is it always the short guys who act like dictators! :lol:
Is it not called the Napoleon complex? :lol:

Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:32 pm

Scatter wrote:Well my criticism had nothing to do with this particular clip........he's an arrogant little prick regardless of this episode.

Ad for those who proclaim him a great artist..........what the hell are you doing here??? Isn't there a Celine Dion or Steve Lawrence site you could be browsing??

Great artist.......

:lol: :lol: :lol: :roll:
:lol:

Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:45 am

I can enjoy Anka on a lvery limited basis, as LTB notes, but as for the notion that Elvis never lost it on stage, I recommend Peter Guralnick's second volume... :roll: :lol:

And, hey, this "I'm casual" trend in entertainment is carried away anyway. A guy like Anka is of that era when people paid good money to see their entertainers entertain and that didn't mean looking like they just rolled off their living room couch to get to the gig. You looked sharp on stage ...and even in the audience.

You see this casual dress trend all over today in the USA, anyway. Another legacy of the '60s.... :lol: It's the mixed blessing that was and is rock'n'roll.

Mon Aug 28, 2006 3:50 pm

Hi ELVIS and ORION frwiends,

Pual Ankas was NOOOOO ELVIS and he NEVER sounded like ELVIS, but theres this one soundalike named JIMMY ORION ELLIS and he's sounds WAYYYYYYYYYYYY more ELVIS than ELVIS OK !

Bless,Frweinds,STC,Orion Rules, Allen

Mon Aug 28, 2006 3:56 pm

Oh, oh.

I thought Doug Church was everyone's favourite on the board :twisted:

Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:20 am

Doug who? I think no-one comes even close to Elvis' natural singing voice except for the Irish postman (by the name of "James Brown") who released an album called "Gravelands" at the end of the 90's. I think the guy is still occasionally touring throughout Europe altough he hasn't been in the limelight that much. Funny thing is he's not really an Elvis impersonator like all the other wannabes who simply copy Elvis' singing style but just happens to be blessed with chops that sound eerily similar to the King's voice.

I've been playing "Gravelands" here at work and people kept saying "I didn't know Elvis recorded these songs". I've never been interested in Elvis copycats but "Gravelands" just cracks me up. Elvis doing Led Zeppelin, the Doors or Jimi Hendrix, now that's something you don't hear that often done so well. Anybody can train their voice to sing like the King when it comes to his hits, but few can go out of their comfort zone and do an entirely different genre in such a convincing manner, that requires some serious talent.

Tue Aug 29, 2006 7:24 am

unclefester wrote:Just wondering if anyone knows if Elvis did any other Paul Anka tunes.....My Way is an obvious one...........uf
My Way is not an Anka tune. Just the title and over the top lyric (translation :? ) that sadly became Elvis' Swan Song.
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Tue Aug 29, 2006 7:27 am

thenexte wrote:Doug who? I think no-one comes even close to Elvis' natural singing voice except for the Irish postman (by the name of "James Brown") who released an album called "Gravelands" at the end of the 90's. I think the guy is still occasionally touring throughout Europe altough he hasn't been in the limelight that much. Funny thing is he's not really an Elvis impersonator like all the other wannabes who simply copy Elvis' singing style but just happens to be blessed with chops that sound eerily similar to the King's voice.

I've been playing "Gravelands" here at work and people kept saying "I didn't know Elvis recorded these songs". I've never been interested in Elvis copycats but "Gravelands" just cracks me up. Elvis doing Led Zeppelin, the Doors or Jimi Hendrix, now that's something you don't hear that often done so well. Anybody can train their voice to sing like the King when it comes to his hits, but few can go out of their comfort zone and do an entirely different genre in such a convincing manner, that requires some serious talent.


To my great surprise, thenexte (as someone who abhors "imitators" and "impersonators" / "ETA's" as a rule), I came across that same record and greatly enjoyed it. It's a lot of fun. There's enough talent there to take seriously (lending to the notion of 'what if Elvis recorded this or that classic rock tune?') but always tongue in cheek.... yet respectful.
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Bravo! Look for it, people!


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P.S. to JLGB, whether fair or even accurate, that song is widely known as a Paul Anka-'written' tune, when it's not being a called a "Frank Sinatra signature tune." :wink:

Here's Wikipedia's write-up on the song "My Way":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Way_(song)

It's a pity Elvis' famous version isn't given more play besides a mere name check...
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Tue Aug 29, 2006 4:30 pm

Unclefester the royalty thing is not a good rule of thumb, Michael Jackson and now Sony Music get royalties for Yesterday, but i doubt if Paul McCartney would agree that either or both wrote it. :wink: