Pat Boone (b. June 1, 1934) is a highly acclaimed and veteran singer, songwriter, and actor who became famous beginning in the 1950s as a teen idol with a trademark clean-cut image. With numerous record sales and 38 Top 40 hits on the Pop/Rock charts, his popularity as a recording artist at that time rivaled that of Elvis Presley, and he also became a household name as the co-star of such hit movies as "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" (1959). Boone's many signature songs include his hit covers of such R&B classics as Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" (1955) and Ivory Joe Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind" (1956), as well as such traditional pop favorites as "Don't Forbid Me" (1956), "Love Letters In The Sand" (1957), and "April Love" (1957), the title song from the movie in which he co-starred with Shirley Jones.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Boone began recording for Republic Records in 1953 before moving to Dot in 1955. As his fame soared in the late 1950s, he toured actively, appeared in over a dozen films, was a regular on "Arthur Godfrey & His Friends" from 1955-1957, and hosted ABC TV's "The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom" from 1957-1960. He also graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1958.
Pat Boone debuted in 1955 on the Pop/Rock charts with his rendition of The Charms' "Two Hearts," which made the Top 20 and became the first in a very long string of hits that continued through 1969. He then topped the Pop/Rock charts with "Ain't That A Shame," which also became a crossover success, reaching #14 on the R&B charts. He also had #1 hits with "I Almost Lost My Mind" (1956), "Don't Forbid Me" (1956), "Love Letters In The Sand" (1957), "April Love" (1957), and "Moody River" (1961). His numerous other top hits also include "At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama)" (1955), "I'll Be Home" (1956), "Long Tall Sally" (1956), "Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)" (1956), "Why Baby Why" (1957), "Remember You're Mine" (1957), "A Wonderful Time Up There" (1958), "It's Too Soon To Know" (1958), "Sugar Moon" (1958), "If Dreams Can Come True" (1958), and "Speedy Gonzales" (1962), the latter of which features the voice of Mel Blanc as the well-known cartoon character. Boone's final charting song came in 1969 with "July You're A Woman."
In the 1970s, Pat Boone made a stylistic change to country and gospel music and resurfaced on the Country charts in 1975 with "Indiana Girl," which also became an Adult Contemporary Top 40 hit. His several other Country charts hits through 1980 include "Texas Woman" (1976), which made the Top 40. Boone later focused increasingly on Christian music with the notable exception of his 1997 album, "In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy," which consists of jazz-infused covers of such hard rock classics as Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" and Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water."
Pat Boone's numerous honors and accolades include three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2003. He has sold over 45 million records worldwide and, until the 2010s, he held the record on Billboard for spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with at least one song each week. He has remained active over the years as a performer, writer, motivational speaker, TV personality, product spokesman, and conservative political commentator. He is a descendant of Daniel Boone, the famous America pioneer.
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- Big Cold Wind 1961
- I'll See You In My Dreams 1962
- Johnny Will 1961
- Moody River 1961
(This song topped the charts.)
- (Welcome) New Lovers 1960
- Speedy Gonzales 1962
(The voice of the "Speedy Gonzales" cartoon character can be heard in this song.)
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