For those of you who may not know “My Way” was written by French Songwriters Claude Francois and Jacques Revaux. The English Lyrics that Sinatra sings, were written 1967 by Canadian singer / songwriter Paul Anka. Anka heard the song called Comme d Habitude (as Usual), sung by Claude Francois while on vacation in the South of France, and liked it as a potential song. Paul Anka flew to Paris to meet with the song writers, where he obtained adaption, recording, and publishing rights for a mere $1 …
Some time Anka was in Florida having lunch with Sinatra at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach where Sinatra was filing Tony Rome. The story goes Frank was hinging out with some Mobsters, when Anka proposed the song Sinatra. Sinatra told Anka, “I’m quitting the Business. I’m Sick of It. I’m getting the Hell Out.”
Anka rewrote the song one night in New York. Anka recalls that he sat down with his IBM typewriter at 1 O’Clock in the morning. and said to himself, “If Frank were ,writing this song, what would he say?” Anka finished the song by 5 o’clock in the morning. He called up Frank who was at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Paul told Frank, “I’ve got something special for you.”
Sinatra recorded My Way on December 20, 1968 at Western Recorders Studios in Los Angeles just a few hours before performing a concert at The Sands Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Frank Sinatra’s daughter Tina says that even though My Way became Sinatra’s signature song, he hated it, Tina said “He didn’t like it. The song stuck and he couldn’t get it off his shoe. He always thought the song was self-serving and self-indulgent.”
Paul Aka says that his record producer was bad at Paul that he gave it to Sinatra, and didn’t record it himself, but Anka said he could never sing it. It was for Frank. Sinatra’s recording of My Way has sold 10s of Millions of copies over the year, and is not only a large part of Sinatra’s History (like it or not), American history and part of 100s of millions of Americans and people all over the World who love the song and the memories it holds for them.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
Frank Sinatra at Western Recorders Studios
6000 Sunset Blvd
LOS ANGELES , CALIFORNIA
1960s Recording Session
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