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About Diana

"Diana" is a song written and made famous by Paul Anka in 1957, recorded in May 1957 at Don Costa studio in New York City. Anka stated in his autobiography that the song was inspired by a girl named Diana Ayoub, whom he had met at his church and community events, and had developed a crush on. Session musicians on the record included Bucky Pizzarelli on Guitar, Irving Wexler on piano, Jerry Bruno on bass, and Panama Francis on drums. The song was recorded in May 1957 at RCA studios. Backup singers included Artie Ripp. Paul Anka's original 1957 recording reached number 1 on the Billboard "Best Sellers In Stores" chart (although it climbed no higher than number 2 on Billboard′s composite "Top 100" chart) and has reportedly sold over nine million copies. "Diana" also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart. It also reached number 1 on the UK's New Musical Express chart, staying there for nine weeks, and sold 1.25 million copies in the UK. After signing with RCA Records, Anka re-recorded "Diana", along with many other hits in 1963, for the album Paul Anka's 21 Golden Hits. 


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I'm so young and you're so old
This, my darling, I've been told
I don't care just what they say
'Cause forever I will pray
You and I will be as free
As the birds up in the trees
Oh, please stay by me, Diana

Thrills I get when you hold me close
Oh, my darling, you're the most
I love you but do you love me
Oh, Diana, can't you see
I love you with all my heart
And I hope we will never part
Oh, please stay with me, Diana

Oh, my darlin', oh, my lover
Tell me that there is no other
I love you with my heart
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Only you can take my heart
Only you can tear it apart
When you hold me in your loving arms
I can feel you giving all your charms
Hold me, darling, ho-ho hold me tight
Squeeze me baby with all your might
Oh, please stay by me, Diana
Oh, please, Diana
Oh, please, Diana

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Paul Anka

Paul Albert Anka, OC (born July 30, 1941, Ottawa) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and actor. more »

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11 facts about this song

Historical Event
"Diana" was released in 1957, by Paul Anka a Canadian-American singer, songwriter & actor.
The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine weeks, making it one of the biggest hits of 1957.
Song Length
"Diana" song lasts for about 2 minutes and 30 seconds, which was the standard length for most pop songs during the 1950s.
The song was about Paul Anka's unrequited love for a girl named Diana Ayoub, who was older than him.
"Diana" sold over 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Chart performance
Apart from hitting number one in the US and Canada, the song also peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart and the Australian Chart.
Song Writing
With "Diana," Paul Anka became one of the youngest ever vocalists to write and perform a number-one pop single.
Anka re-recorded "Diana" in 1965, which made it into the Top 40, and again in 1975 as a disco version.
The song has been covered by several artists including Cliff Richard, The Hollies, and Bryan Adams.
Performance on Shows
Paul Anka sang 'Diana' on The Ed Sullivan Show on 18 August 1957.
Record Label
"Diana" was released under the record label ABC-Paramount.

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