This past weekend was the 1 year anniversary of David Bowie's death. BBC Radio 6 recently did an incredible documentary on Bowie which I highly recommend.
One of the things that blew me away was that Bowie was actually the first to lay his hands on the melody for "My Way". It was originally written by a French artist who asked Bowie to apply English words, a common practice. Originally titled Comme d'habitude the song was about a sad clown.
Bowie's version was never released, but Paul Anka bought the rights to the original French version and rewrote it into "My Way", the song made famous by Frank Sinatra in a 1969 recording on his album of the same name.
But the story doesn't end there.
The success of the Anka version prompted Bowie to write "Life on Mars?" as a parody of Sinatra's recording - which is consistently listed as one of the greatest songs of all time.