Pat Boone

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Pat Boone in May 2011
Pat Boone, ca.1960

Charles Eugene "Pat" Boone (born June 1, 1934 in Jacksonville , Florida ) is an American singer and actor. His gentle voice made him one of the most popular pop and ballad singers of the 1950s and 1960s.


Early life

Pat Boone is the descendant of the American pioneer Daniel Boone , whose adventure JF Cooper incorporated into his novel Leather Stocking . Born in Jacksonville, Florida, the family moved to Nashville , Tennessee in 1935 , where Boone performed at the Belle Mead Happiness Club at the age of ten. From 1951 he had his first successes as a singer in various amateur competitions. This was followed by an engagement at a well-known radio station and his discovery in 1954 by Albert Godfrey, who saw Boone in the final event of the Ted Mack TV Amateur Hour in New York.


Pat Boone - Love Letters in the Sand

Boone's love belonged initially to rhythm and blues , his first recordings were cover versions of tracks by African-American musicians. These recordings by Boone and, for example, by Elvis Presley, were not infrequently more successful than the original versions in the mid-1950s.

In February 1955, Two Hearts, Two Kisses, the first record to be recorded in Chicago , was immediately placed in the top ten charts. Pat Boone's recording career began with the cover version of Fats Dominos Ain't That a Shame , his first million dollar seller. He released five records in the first year and sold more than four million copies.

Boone's style of singing to the baritone of Bing Crosby recalls, soon made him a star. Ballads became his specialty, including his biggest hit Love Letters in the Sand and hits like April Love , Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love) , I'll be Home and Don't Forbid Me . For many of his hits he was accompanied by the Billy Vaughn Orchestra, which was later also known .

In the 1950s he was only surpassed as a teenage idol by Elvis Presley, whose musical antithesis he was, and like Presley he started a second career as a film actor. He played and sang the theme song in the film April Love , which was nominated for an Oscar . As a devout Christian, he refused to play roles that did not meet his moral standards. Among other things, he played a leading role in the hit movie The Journey to the Center of the Earth in 1959 .

In the late 1950s he received his own television show. For the musician James Brown he was “Soul Brotha No. 2 ”, both were close friends and in early 1965 he recorded the James Brown title Papa's Got a Brand New Bag . In Germany Boone had three top 10 hits between 1957 and 1963 with Tutti Frutti (1957 # 5), Speedy Gonzales (1962, # 1) and Rosmarie (1963 # 7).

With the advent of beat music in the 1960s, its success waned. He turned to gospel and country and supported various young musicians, including Larry Norman and Randy Stonehill . In 1997 Boone released a collection of heavy metal songs in its signature arrangement under the title No More Mr. Nice Guy . Today he works as a radio DJ and runs his own record company.

Family and personal life

Pat Boone was married to Shirley Lee Foley (1934-2019), a daughter of country singer Red Foley , from 1953 until her death . Pat moved with his wife to Denton , Texas , where the first of four daughters were born in 1954. The second daughter was born in 1955, after which they moved again to Leonia , New Jersey . There Boone studied at Columbia University, despite his numerous artistic commitments and the eleventh gold record. His family expanded to include Debby Boone , born 1956, and another daughter, born 1958. The family moved to their own house in Teaneck , New Jersey, and Boone graduated with a BA with Magna cum laude . His granddaughter is the actress Tessa Ferrer . In the 1960s and 1970s, he performed with his family as The Pat Boone Family .

Religion and politics

In the United States, Boone is one of the best-known conservative voices in show business, among other things, he appears more often on Fox News . He works for various organizations and has supported a number of Republican candidates. In the 1960s he supported the civil rights movement and in 1960 turned down a concert tour to South Africa because of apartheid . In 2011 he received a Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Conservative Political Action Conference .

Boone grew up in the Churches of Christ and has remained connected to the Christian faith to this day, including organizing public Bible readings at which other celebrities also appeared. In the 1960s, together with other well-known personalities, he advocated the reintroduction of compulsory school prayers, and the lack of such prayers made Boone jointly responsible for several rampages in schools in February 2018.


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1956 Howdy! - - - US14 (4 weeks)
First published: October 1956
1957 "Pat" - - - US19 (3 weeks)
First published: June 1957
Hymns We Love - - - US21 (4 weeks)
First published: October 1957
1958 Stardust - - UK10 (1 week)
US2 (32 weeks)
First published: June 1958
Yes Indeed! - - - US13 (2 weeks)
First published: November 1958
1959 Tenderly - - - US17 (11 weeks)
First published: June 1959
1960 Moonglow - - - US26 (3 weeks)
First published: April 1960
Hey Leadeth Me - - UK12 (2 weeks)
First published: April 1960
1961 Moody River - - - US29 (30 weeks)
First published: June 1961
1997 In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy - - - US125 (2 weeks)
First published: January 28, 1997

gray hatching : no chart data available for this year

Filmography (selection)

Pat Boone (2011)
  • 1957: Bernadine
  • 1957: Young happiness in April (April Love)
  • 1958: Blue Nights (Mardi Gras)
  • 1959: Journey to the Center of the Earth (Journey to the Center of the Earth)
  • 1962: Texas Show (State Fair)
  • 1962: The Nights with Nancy (The Main Attraction)
  • 1963: Password: Canary (The Yellow Canary)
  • 1964: Goodbye Charlie
  • 1965: The Greatest Story Ever Told (The Greatest Story Ever Told)
  • 1967: The great adventures of the beautiful Pauline (The Perils of Pauline)
  • 1970: The Cross and the Switchblade
  • 1986: A Colt for All Cases (False Gold: Season 5, Episode 15)
  • 1988: The Model and the Snooper ( Moonlighting ; TV series, 1 episode)
  • 2001: Frasier (TV series, 1 episode)
  • 2002: A Heavenly Family ( 7th Heaven ; TV series, 1 episode)
  • 2016: God's Not Dead 2
  • 2017: A Cowgirl's Story

Web links

Commons : Pat Boone  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. Ehnert, Günter (Ed.): Hit balance sheet. German chart singles 1956–1980 . Hamburg: Taurus Press, 1990, p. 34
  3. Pat Boone's Wife of 65 Years, Shirley, Dies: 'I've Parted with My Better Half for a Little While'. Accessed April 20, 2019 .
  4. Alex Isenstadt: Pat Boone climbs political charts. Retrieved December 30, 2018 .
  5. ^ The Washington Times : Pat Boone, civil rights musician, seeks conservative revolution. Retrieved December 30, 2018 (American English).
  6. Alex Isenstadt: Pat Boone climbs political charts. Retrieved December 30, 2018 .
  7. ^ The religion of Pat Boone, singer. Accessed December 30, 2018 .
  8. Wayback Machine. January 16, 2013, accessed December 30, 2018 .
  9. ^ Pat Boone: Instead of prayer in schools, there is violence. Retrieved December 30, 2018 (American English).
  10. Chart sources: DE DE2 AT UK US