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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Andrea Bocelli – The Lord’s Prayer

The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere
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 Lovers of opera would have heard of Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli of the era gone by and of the present great Three Tenors of whom Luciano Pavarotti is lately deceased. Andrea Bocelli can be counted in the same rank.

Andrea Bocelli, born 22 September 1958, is  an Italian tenormulti-instrumentalist and classical crossover artist. Born with poor eyesight, he became blind at the age of twelve following a soccer accident.

However, he’s gifted with a golden voice. Though without the blessing of sight, “he sings beautifully in colours”. God is great! He takes away one thing but endows you with another even greater!

Remember too, this is the only prayer that comes directly from God!

“The Lord’s Prayer as sung by Andrea Bocelli and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Sublime, magnificent, powerful, amazing, and breathtaking! Simply heavenly! What a marvelous piece of music and arrangement.
When one needs to calm thyself or to reflect on what is good in this world, this piece of beautiful, heavenly music is perfect.”

This short & simple prayer, well translated into hundreds of languages, was given by our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Luke which records Jesus being approached by “one of his disciples” following the Sermon on the Mount with a request to teach them “to pray as John taught his disciples.”

With over 5 million units sold worldwide, Sacred Arias became the biggest-selling classical album by a solo artist of all time, and with just under 20 million units sold worldwide, his 1997 pop album, Romanza, became the best-selling album by an Italian artist ever, as well as the best-selling album by a foreign artist in Canada, and a number of other countries in Europe and Latin America. The album’s first single, “Time to Say Goodbye“, topped charts all over Europe, including Germany, where it stayed at the top of the charts for fourteen consecutive weeks, breaking the all-time sales record, with over 3 million copies sold in the country. He is widely regarded as the most popular Italian and classical singer in the world.

In 2006, Bocelli was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and on March 2, 2010, he was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his contribution to Live Theatre.(Source: Wikipedia).