It has become one of the most performed pop songs in music history, "My Way" turns 35 on April 12.
Canadian Paul Anka is credited with penning the song, but that is not quite accurate. A French version "Pour Mois" was written by Jacques Reveaux in 1967. The song was then reworked by Claude Francois and Giles Thibault and named "Comme D'habitude". It was this version that Anka heard performed by Francois; at which point Anka called the songwriters, negotiated a deal for the rights, and put English lyrics to the song. And the rest, as they say, is history.
To celebrate the thirty-fifth anniversary Warner Chappell Music, the publishers, is asking radio stations around the world to play one of 35 versions of "My Way" at the same time. Among the versions being offered are Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Tom Jones, Sid Vicious, Shane McGowan, Elvis Presley, Julio Iglesias, The Gypsy Kings with Joan Baez, Kayne West, and Robbie Williams.
Some 35,000 radio stations are expected to participate in the vent which takes place on April 12 at 11:50am eastern time.
Writer: Sherrill Fulghum