Veteran singer Paul Anka’s most noteworthy songwriting hit, “My Way” was the musical foundation for Jay-Z’s “I Did It My Way” track off of The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse. However, from a TMZ.com interview with Anka yesterday (March 25), the appreciation was not given back.
The 71 year-old Canadian vocalist stated that as he’s worked on his upcoming Duets album, Jay-Z did not answer or return phone-calls.
“What I did do, is I called up Jay-Z. He did a track with ‘My Way’ where I loaned him a track,” reminded Anka.
Jay and producer Jimmy Kendrix did use Anka’s version of the song, not the popular Frank Sinatra version.
“I wanted to put him in on a rap with Michael Jackson, in the middle, I called him up, but Jay-Z has totally blown me off,” said Anka. “He won’t answer my calls. He’s inappropriate in his behavior.”
Anka wrote quite a few songs with the late Michael Jackson in the 1980s. “This Is It” was recently released in 2009, with more recordings reportedly unreleased. Anka did add that Beyonce gets a pass. “I love his wife, I think she’s great. But Jay-Z wouldn’t return the call.”