Paul Anka and Buddy Holly!

Buddy Holly, Paul Anka and Jerry Lee Lewis

The recent PBS tribute to Buddy Holly, Listen to Me, revealed this interesting tidbit: Holly’s hit song “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” was written for him by Paul Anka! Perhaps not as surprising when you consider that Anka also wrote the theme song for the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Tom Jones’ “She’s a Lady,” and the English-language lyrics for Sinatra’s signature “My Way.” On top of all that, he donated his composer’s royalty for the song to Holly’s widow, Maria Elena.

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