EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Diana’ – Paul Anka

What was the number one song in the UK on 30th August 1957?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

Diana by Canadian-American singer Paul Anka was number one for 9 whole weeks and was the best selling single of 1957.

I remember my parents teaching my brother and I this song back in the early 80s and we hilariously would sing it to each other purposefully sticking our ears out pretending we were Prince Charles singing it to Princess Diana. So, listening to this song took me back to my 80s childhood, despite it being released over 20 years previously. It’s an incredibly short, but sweet song that works perfectly with Paul Anka’s vocals. I can absolutely understand why this song was number one for so long.

Wikipedia

“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.

Lyrics

“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
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-a all your might
Oh, please stay by me, Diana
Oh, please, Diana
Oh, please, Diana
Oh, please, Diana”

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