ON THIS DAY: September 9

ON THIS DAY: September 9

ON THIS DAY IN TEENAGE HISTORY (1957), sixteen-year-old Paul Anka reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Diana.” Growing up in Ottawa, Ontario, Anka was smitten with a girl who, he said, “really didn’t want anything to do with me.” Turning his heartache into music, he began “Diana” with the lines “I’m so young and you’re so old” and sang the song “at parties, at the choir, and in stage productions” before deciding, “Dammit, I like this thing.” Anka recorded six more top-10 hits from 1957 to 1960 and topped the charts one last time with “(You’re) Having My Baby” in 1974, a tune that was voted the worst song of all time in a 2006 CNN poll.

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