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Paul Anka Lonely Boy

Paul Anka Lonely Boy

Pop Music

The song was written and performed by Paul Anka. It first appeared in the 1959 film Girls Town, one of those rebellious teen films. It was Anka’s first acting role. The film also starred Mamie van Doren, Mel Tormé, and Ray Anthony. Anka released it as a single in 1959, and it became in international success. It went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #6 on the U.S. R&B Chart, #3 in the U.K., #2 in Italy, and #8 in Germany. There have been a number of covers of the song, including versions by Billy “Crash” Craddock and Donny Osmond.

Born in Ontario, Canada, in 1941, Paul Anka had already recorded several records by the time he was 15. In 1957, he traveled to New York City where he auditioned for Don Costa at ABC. Anka sang the love song “Diana.” Costa was impressed and gave him a deal and helped to make him a teen idol in the ’50s. (The song, “Diana” brought Anka stardom as it went to #1 on the U.S., Canadian, and United Kingdom music charts.) His career skyrocketed as a singer, songwriter, and actor. He wrote for Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, and many, many more. He also wrote the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Anka still performs and tours internationally.

Here are the lyrics to “Lonely Boy” by Paul Anka:

I’m just a lonely boy
Lonely and blue
I’m all alone
With nothin’ to do

I’ve got everything
You could think of
But all I want Is someone to love
Someone, yes, someone to love
Someone to kiss Someone to hold
At a moment like this

I’d like to hear
Somebody say
I’ll give you my love
Each night and day

I’m just a lonely boy
Lonely and blue
I’m all alone
With nothin’ to do

I’ve got everything
You could think of
But all I want
Is someone to love

Somebody, somebody
Somebody, please
Send her to me
I’ll make her happy
Just wait and see

I prayed so hard
To the heavens above
That I might find
Someone to love

I’m just a lonely boy
lonely and blue
I’m all alone
With nothin’ to do

I’ve got everything
You could think of
But all I want
Is someone to love

If you would like to read about and listen to other songs by Paul Anka: “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “Diana.”

For consideration of a compilation of his many hits, please click on the photo below:

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2 Comments

  1. […] For other songs by Paul Anka: “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “Lonely Boy.” […]

  2. Bob Phillips says:

    My top 30!!

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