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July 2, 1957 (July 2, 1957)
May 1957 (Don Costa, New York City, U.S.)
"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. Reportedly inspired by a high school friend of Anka's named Diana Ayoub, in an interview with NPR's Terry Gross in 2005, Anka stated that it was inspired by a girl at his church whom he hardly knew. 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 (who later in his career as a music industry executive was the first to sign and produce Billy Joel as a solo artist after Michael Lang, who had given Joel a monetary advance, passed Joel along to Ripp--while retaining rights to a cut of profits from Joel's output--to focus his attentions elsewhere instead.)
The original Paul Anka 1957 recording reached number one 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 list chart. It also reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart 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. All these versions were also published in Italian for a special LP.
Diana (Paul Anka song) Wikipedia
The song has been covered many times. In 1958 Paul Anka sang an Italian version of the song, also called "Diana"; the Italian lyrics were written by Mario Panzeri.
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers have their own version of the song. Frankie Avalon also recorded the song.
In 1965, Bobby Rydell covered the song as a single, which reached No. 98 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 23 on Billboard's Middle Road Singles chart.
Ricky Martin sang a duet with Anka on the album Amigos. Another duet was in 2006 with Anka and the famous Italian singer and entertainer Adriano Celentano, with new Italian words by Giulio Rapetti (also known as Mogol) and by the same Celentano; the Italian title was "Oh Diana".
The Bulgarian band Wickeda also covered the song in a style that includes balcanic folk elements, and the horror punk band Misfits recorded a version on their album Project 1950.
The song has been covered twice in Hindi film music, amazingly both films were in 1959. One is in the film Dil deke dekho with lyrics Kaun yeh aaya mehfil me, music by Usha Khanna. The other is in the film Baap bete with lyrics Bol bol bol my little dove, music by Madan Mohan. Both songs are sung by Mohammad Rafi. The version in Dil deke dekho has a small portion at the end where Asha Bhonsle joins in.