Crooner Paul Anka is among four songwriters to be inducted into the 2008 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, during a March 1 ceremony at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Ottawa-born Anka became a teen star in the 1950s with hits like "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," and "Diana." Over a career spanning five decades, Anka also penned hits including "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," for Buddy Holly, "She's a Lady" for Tom Jones and the English lyrics to "My Way," one of the most covered songs in history.

Joining Anka is Montreal-born singer-songwriter Claude Dubois, who gained notoriety as a country singer at the age of 12, and rose to prominence in the late 1960s and 1970s under the influence of Bob Dylan, Donavon, and Gilles Vigneault.

Another inductee is Alex Kramer, a songwriter of the big-band era, who often teamed on songs with Joan Whitney, his wife. "High on a Windy Hill" was the pair's first No. 1 hit, performed by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in 1941. Other collaborations with Hy Zaret ("It All Comes Back to Me Now," "My Sister and I") and Mack David ("Candy") also topped the charts.

The fourth songwriter is the prolific francophone wordsmith Andre Lejeune, whose best-known song, "Une Promesse," was a hit in 1959 and was resurrected in 2006 by Cindy Daniel.

The 5th annual CSHF gala will also fete jazz pianist Oscar Peterson as the founders award winner. A total of 23 songs will be entered into the Hall of Fame, including "Love Child" (R. Dean Taylor, Deke Richards, Pam Sawyer, Frank Wilson), "Aimes-tu la Vie Comme Moi?" (Georges Thurston) and "Signs" (Les Emmerson).