Paul Anka a surprise treat at UOB dinner

Legendary pop and jazz star Paul Anka performing at United Overseas Bank's 80th anniversary dinner on Thursday night. The singer re-crafted the lyrics to the song My Way specially for the bank and Singapore during his performance.
Legendary pop and jazz star Paul Anka performing at United Overseas Bank's 80th anniversary dinner on Thursday night. The singer re-crafted the lyrics to the song My Way specially for the bank and Singapore during his performance.PHOTO: UOB

Taylor Swift made headlines when she performed in Singapore recently, but unbeknownst to many, there was another superstar in town this week.

Paul Anka may not be a recognisable name to most Swifties, which are what fans of Swift are called, but the legendary pop and jazz star was certainly known to the guests at United Overseas Bank's 80th anniversary dinner on Thursday night.

Anka, known for hits such as Put Your Head On My Shoulder and Diana, was flown in as a surprise treat for the bank's employees and guests, who included the bank's biggest clients.

The singer arrived with a 10-piece band and a five-member crew. In addition to his own band members were five brass musicians and the 31-piece Metropolitan Festival Orchestra from Singapore.

It was an intimate performance for a glitzy evening, with Anka often leaving the stage to sing and dance among the audience.

He also belted out the crowd-pleaser My Way, which he wrote for Frank Sinatra, and then sang it a second time with the lyrics changed for UOB and Singapore:

"Three cheers for 80 years

The world reveres

The best in banking

Chairman E and UOB

Respectfully

It's you we're thanking

Tonight it seems so right

With great delight

The Singapore way

For all you do

This song's for you

Here's My Way

Your way"

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2015, with the headline 'Paul Anka a surprise treat at UOB dinner'. Print Edition | Subscribe