Pat Boone

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When I was young I was greatly influenced by such singers as Pat Boone, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Perry Como, Dean Martin & some others including operatic tenors like Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli & Mario Lanza. To some extent, my enthusiasm must have rubbed onto my youngest brother Mike.

He shares much the same taste in music & songs as I & even exhibits talents in piano & guitar playing, something which I never seem to acquire.

I used to collect stacks of LP records of Pat Boone including those smaller ones of 45 rpm. Except for the latter, which seem to disappear into thin air (for none of my siblings has any knowledge of them), Mike has inherited most of my old Pat Boone LPs. They do sound rather scratchy when played on the traditional gramophone player.

Fortunately, thanks to YouTube, it’s possible to hear them all again in all their magnificence! Herein below is a top sound track of Pat Boone:

 

Play Video – A Series of Pat Boone’s Top Sound Track

Born Charles Eugene Boone (June 1, 1934) in Jacksonville, Florida, Boone was reared primarily in Nashville, Tennessee, a place he still visits. “Pat” is an American singer, actor and writer. He was a successful pop singer in the United States during the 1950s and early 1960s. He sold over 45 million albums, had 38 Top 40 hits and appeared in more than 12 Hollywood movies. Boone’s talent as a singer and actor, combined with his old-fashioned values, contributed to his popularity in the early rock and roll era.

According to Billboard, Boone was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley but ahead of Ricky Nelson and The Platters, and was ranked at No. 9—behind The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney but ahead of artists such as Aretha Franklin and The Beach Boys—in its listing of the Top 100 Top 40 Artists 1955–1995. Boone still holds the Billboard record for spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with one or more songs each week.

At the age of twenty-three, he began hosting a half-hour ABCvariety television series, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, which aired for 115 episodes (1957–1960). Many musical performers, including Edie Adams, Andy Williams, Pearl Bailey and Johnny Mathis made appearances on the show. His cover versions of rhythm and blues hits had a noticeable effect on the development of the broad popularity of rock and roll. During his tours in the 1950s, Elvis Presley was one of his opening acts.

As a prolific author, Boone had a No. 1 bestseller in the 1950s (Twixt Twelve and Twenty, Prentice-Hall). In the 1960s, he focused on gospel music and is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He continues to perform, and speak as a motivational speaker, a television personality, and a conservative political commentator. (Wikipedia)

Pat Boone’s Pictures Through The Years: (Slide Show)

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2 thoughts on “Pat Boone

  1. Michael Chong

    Between father’s “tew chiew” operas, Pat Boone was definitely easier to listen to and remembered. Indeed impact of music in my life is pretty much from music you played at home. That led on to musical instruments….couldnt afford piano lessons those days but picked up playing “by ear” only recently …guitar got me thru uni days when living alone in Perth. Everyone of us carried along a playlist of favourites of yester years…played and sang them often enough …your grandchildren will be rubbed on too ..or rather gifts and memories from Grandpa …and they will be proud to share in years to come!

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