#1166: Make It Up To Me In Love By Paul Anka and Odia Coates

Peak Month: December 1976
7 weeks on CKLG chart
Peak Position #19
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart
Peak Position on Record World ~ #104

Paul Anka was 16 years old when he had a number one hit with “Diana” in 1957, a song he wrote about a girl in the church he attended. He continued to have a string of Top Ten and Top 20 hits into 1963 in Canada, the United States, the UK and Italy. But with the British Invasion, Paul Anka was sidelined not to return to the pop charts until his #1 hit in 1974, “You’re Having My Baby.” The song was a duet with Odia Coates. The duo enjoyed a string of Top 20 hits in Canada and the USA including 1974’s “One Man Woman/One Woman Man” and 1975’s “I Don’t Like To Sleep Alone” and “(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love.”

Paul Anka was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1941. His father was Syrian-American and his mother was Canadian-Lebanese. His career has included writing songs for others. “She’s a Lady” became a signature song for Tom Jones. He also wrote the English lyrics to “My Way” for Frank Sinatra. He appeared in his first movie in 1958, Let’s Rock, a movie about the new rock ‘n roll phenomenon, and in the 1962 army film, The Longest Day. Anka also appeared in the 1960-61 NBC crime series, Dan Raven in a cameo as himself. Anka later would appear in The Red Skelton Hour and the crime series Kojak. In 1982 he hosted his own entertainment series called The Paul Anka Show.

Odia Coates was also born in 1941, in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The daughter of an evangelical minister, her family moved during her childhood to Watts, California. It was there her father was called as pastor in the Beautiful Gates Church Of God In Christ. At that church Odia sang in the church choir. As her vocal abilities matured, she became a member of the Northern California State Youth Choir, co-founded by Edwin Hawkins.

After “You’re Having My Baby” became a #1 hit for Paul Anka and Odia Coates, the duo kept releasing more hit singles. Their last was “Make It Up To Me In Love.” This was a disco tune released in the middle of the disco craze. In 1976 disco tunes kept climbing to the top of the charts. These included “Love Machine” (The Miracles), “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” (The Four Seasons), “Disco Lady” (Johnny Taylor), “Love Hangover” (Diana Ross), “You Should Be Dancing” (Bee Gees), “Play That Funky Music” (Wild Cherry) and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (Elton John and Kiki Dee). All these hits and more in 1976, and the John Travolta-Bee Gees disco film, Saturday Night Fever was yet to come. Over one third of the year-end hits on the Billboard Hot 100 were in the disco realm. So Anka and Coates saw the opportunity and recorded a disco tune.

However, in America “Make It Up To Me In Love” was not a hit, failing to climb into the Billboard Hot 100. But in Vancouver the song stayed on the charts for a couple of months, eventually peaking at #19.

Make It Up To Me In Love By Paul Anka and Odia Coates

Oh babe, you know I’m sorry,
there’s a happy ending to our story, I’d like to stay.
Just be happy that we faced it,
let’s forget about the time we waisted, while you were away.

We’re gonna make up for lost time.
Every minute my love gets stronger,
can’t you see I can’t take it no longer.

Make it up to me in love, baby,
make it up to me before the night is over. (x3)

I never meant the things I told you,
come over here and let me hold you and brush your ear.
If doesn’t matter baby really,
words are often used to free me, and I will love you.

We’re gonna make up for lost time.
Every minute my love gets stronger,
can’t you see I can’t take it no longer.

Make it up to me in love, baby,
make it up to me before the night is over….

(I’ll make it up to you before the night is over)
(Never gonna leave, never gonna say goodbye…)

The tune narrated a tale of a couple facing some difficulties and coming through it with their love stronger than ever.

Over the decades Paul Anka has charted more than fifty singles onto the Billboard Hot 100. In 1990 he became a US citizen. He continues to perform and between March and mid-May of 2017 he has over twenty concerts scheduled. At the age of 49, Odia Coates died of breast cancer in 1991.

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