Daniel Boone (b. July 31, 1942) is a veteran English pop singer-songwriter who became famous in the U.S. during the early 1970s. He is best known internationally for the upbeat self-penned 1972 smash, "Beautiful Sunday."
Born Peter Charles Green in Birmingham, England, he began in 1958 as a member of a local band known as the Beachcombers, and their fame took off in the early 1960s when they hooked up with English rocker Tommy Bruce who had a Top 5 hit on the U.K. charts with his cover of "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1960). Renamed the Bruisers, they became Bruce's backup band for live performances and soon after signed with EMI. They had one charting song with "Blue Girl" (1963), which made the U.K. Top 40. By 1963, Green had become known professionally as Peter Lee Stirling, and he released his first solo recordings while also continuing to perform and record with the Bruisers until their split in 1967. In 1971, Green changed his stage name again, this time to Daniel Boone after the famous American pioneer and frontiersman. Under that name, he had a Top 20 hit in the U.K. with the original version of the Peter Callander/Geoff Stephens-penned ballad, "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" (1971), later made famous by Wayne Newton.
Daniel Boone debuted in the U.S. in 1972 with "Beautiful Sunday," which became a Top 10 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart and made the Pop/Rock Top 20. Co-written with Rod McQueen, this smash went gold and became a big hit worldwide, topping the charts in Germany, New Zealand, Norway, and South Africa. Boone's other charting songs, which were all minor hits in the U.S., include "Annabelle" (1972), "Sunshine Lover" (1973), and "Run Tell The People" (1975). In 1976, he re-released "Beautiful Sunday" in Japan where it topped the charts and remains to this day this country's top selling single by an international artist.
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