Lonely Boy (Paul Anka song)

"Lonely Boy" is a song written and recorded by Paul Anka.[2] Recorded in August 1958 with Don Costa's orchestra in New York, "Lonely Boy" was not released until May 11, 1959. Anka also sang this song in the film Girls Town, which was released in October 1959. When released as a single, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks,[3] becoming Anka's first song to do so, although he had earlier topped Billboard's Best Sellers in Stores chart with "Diana". Billboard ranked it as No. 5 for 1959.[4] The song reached No. 2 in the Canadian CHUM Charts.[5]

"Lonely Boy"
Single by Paul Anka
B-side"Your Love"
ReleasedMay 11, 1959
RecordedAugust 27, 1958[1]
StudioBell Sound (New York City)
Songwriter(s)Paul Anka
Producer(s)Don Costa
Paul Anka singles chronology
"I Miss You So"
"Lonely Boy"
"Put Your Head on My Shoulder"

In 2007, "Lonely Boy" appeared on the Classic Songs (greatest hits) disc of Anka's album Classic Songs, My Way.[6] In 2018, the song was listed at number 235 on the 60th Anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100.[7]

See also



  1. ^ "ABC-Paramount 10022". Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  2. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 12 - Big Rock Candy Mountain: Rock 'n' roll in the late fifties. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 30.
  4. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1959
  5. ^ "CHUM Top 20 Singles - June 29, 1959".
  6. ^ "Classic Songs My Way: Paul Anka: Amazon.ca: Music". Amazon.ca. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  7. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.