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Also Known As: Charles Eugene Boone Died:
Born: June 1, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jacksonville, Florida, USA Profession: singer, writer, producer, actor

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Though frequently dismissed by critics and music cognoscenti as the ultimate whitebread performer, the undeniable fact remained that Pat Boone was one of the most successful pop music performers of the 20th century, with over 30 Top 40 hits to his name, as well as an actor, television host, philanthropist and businessman. The key to Boone's appeal in the 1950s and early 1960s was his ability to translate R&B and rock songs by black artists into smooth, palatable pop for white audiences, including gently boppy takes on "Tutti Fruitti," "I Almost Lost My Mind" and "Long Tall Sally." Though his versions of the songs lacked the intensity and sexual heat of Elvis Presley's material, both men found their fame from the same material, and though they took completely divergent paths in their careers, both could be ultimately credited for both legitimizing rock and roll for mass audiences and bringing attention to black artists in a period when mainstream radio refused to play their music. Boone's time in the pop spotlight faded with the arrival of The Beatles, but he remained a fixture of Christian music and secular television for the next four decades. No matter what one thought of Boone, his music or his...

Though frequently dismissed by critics and music cognoscenti as the ultimate whitebread performer, the undeniable fact remained that Pat Boone was one of the most successful pop music performers of the 20th century, with over 30 Top 40 hits to his name, as well as an actor, television host, philanthropist and businessman. The key to Boone's appeal in the 1950s and early 1960s was his ability to translate R&B and rock songs by black artists into smooth, palatable pop for white audiences, including gently boppy takes on "Tutti Fruitti," "I Almost Lost My Mind" and "Long Tall Sally." Though his versions of the songs lacked the intensity and sexual heat of Elvis Presley's material, both men found their fame from the same material, and though they took completely divergent paths in their careers, both could be ultimately credited for both legitimizing rock and roll for mass audiences and bringing attention to black artists in a period when mainstream radio refused to play their music. Boone's time in the pop spotlight faded with the arrival of The Beatles, but he remained a fixture of Christian music and secular television for the next four decades. No matter what one thought of Boone, his music or his image, the sheer scope of his work as a singer and entertainer was impossible to deny.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fuck (2005)
2.
 Eyes of Tammy Faye, The (2000) Himself--Christian Entertainer
3.
 Roger & Me (1989) Himself
4.
 The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) David Wilkerson
5.
 The Perils of Pauline (1967) George
6.
 The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Young man at the tomb
7.
 Goodbye Charlie (1964) Bruce Minton
8.
 Never Put It in Writing (1964) Stephen Cole
9.
 The Horror of It All (1964) Jack Robinson
10.
 The Yellow Canary (1963) Andy Paxton
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Milestones close milestones

1947:
Sang for first time on radio
1953:
Won "Ted Mack's Amateur Hour"
1955:
Appeared regularly on "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends"
1957:
Signed motion picture contract with Fox; made screen debut in "Bernadine"
:
Hosted the variety series "The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom" (ABC)
1959:
Co-starred in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" in non-singing role
:
Starred in "The Pat Boone Show" (NBC, 1966-1967; syndicated 1967-1968)
1969:
Made TV-movie debut, "The Pigeon" (ABC)
:
Appeared with his family in several holiday specials for ABC
1988:
Co-hosted series "Wish You Were Here" on The Nashville Network
1996:
Released album of heavy metal music, "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
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Education

University of North Texas: Denton , Texas -
David Lipscomb College: Nashville , Tennessee -
Columbia University: New York , New York -

Notes

He is descended from pioneer Daniel Boone.

Pat Boone is a regent of Oral Roberts University.

Lore has it that Pat Boone only wore white bucks on TV because they were the only good pair of shoes he had at the time. They became his trademark.

Pat Boone and his wife Shirley prayed at the bedside of Rock Hudson while Hudson was dying of AIDS. Shirley told reporters she'd spoken in tongues to Hudson. Boone also was involved with Bob Dylan's short-lived conversion to Christianity.

Boone is one of the major shareholders of KDOC Channel 56, an independent TV station in Orange County, California

Boone shocked people by appearing on the 1997 American Music Awards decked out in blakc leather with fake tatooes.

"I wanted to do a big-band album of great metal songs, doing them for people who will never be into metal. . . . If you do them in a new way, then they can have a another life." --Boone explaining why he recorded his heavy metal album, quoted in The New York Times, May 4, 1997.

"In the past, I criticized a lot of these people out of my ignorance. But I've found there's something really nice, even admirable, about Alice Cooper, Ozzy [Osbourne], Rolling Stones, Metallica, Madonna, Cher. I thought they were bad influences on young people, not using their positions responsibly. Now I'm being lumped in with them. Religious people are saying, 'You're a leper; get out of here.'" --Boone quoted in New York, March 17, 1997.

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wife:
Shirley Boone. Daughter of country star Red Foley; married in 1953.

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mother:
Mary Pritchard Boone. Died on March 20, 2000 at age 90.
daughter:
Cheryl Lynn Boone.
daughter:
Linda Lee Boone.
daughter:
Deborah Boone. Singer. Famous for "You Light Up My Life"; married to Miguel Ferrer.
daughter:
Laura Gene Boone.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Twixt Twelve and Twenty"
"Between You, Me, and the Gatepost"
"The Real Christmas"
"Care and Feeding of Parents"
"A New Song"
"Joy"
"A Miracle Away Keeps the Devil Away"
"My Faith"
"Pat Boone Devotional Book"
"The Honeymoon Is Over"
"Together: 25 Years With the Boone Family"
"Pray to Win: God Wants You to Succeed"
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