On June 1, 1934, Charles Eugene Patrick Boone ("Pat Boone"), a direct descendant of the American pioneer Daniel Boone was born in Jacksonville, Florida. After growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, Pat Boone wed Shirley Foley, daughter of country music icon Red Foley. They have four daughters: Cherry, Lindy, Laury and Debby Boone, whose "You Light Up My Life" was the top-selling single of 1977.
Boone’s career began as a multiple winner of the Ted Mack Amateur Hour and the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts TV shows. A recording contract with Dot records followed with "Two Hearts" beginning a Hit Parade run of more than 60 recordings over a dozen years that included six chart-topping #1 hits, 20 top ten hits, 13 certified Gold singles, two Gold albums, and one Platinum album.
In the mid 1950s Boone’s popularity equaled that of Elvis Presley, who appealed mostly to teens, while Boone’s clean-cut image and white buck shoes made him a favorite of both teens and adults.
It was Pat Boone’s recordings of "Ain’t That A Shame", "At My Front Door", "Long Tall Sally", "Tutti Frutti", "I’ll Be Home", "Don’t Forbid Me", and "I Almost Lost My Mind" that introduced a wider audience to the music of black performers in an era when their songs were seldom heard on radio. Pat is credited with building the bridge that black artists would cross over into mass acceptance. Pop treatment of rhythm and blues songs led to their being played by radio disc jockeys who were largely unaware of them prior to Boone's version reaching the top of the charts. His recordings brought financial success to the writers and publishers of R&B music.
Pat Boone’s biggest hits included:
- "Love Letters in the Sand"
- "Friendly Persuasion"
- "Why Baby Why"
- "Remember You’re Mine"
- "A Wonderful Time Up There"
- "It’s Too Soon To Know"
- "Sugar Moon"
- "If Dreams Came True"
- "Moody River"
- "Speedy Gonzales"
Another of Pat’s #1 hits, "April Love", not only topped the Hit Parade; it was nominated for an Academy Award.
Pat also wrote the theme song for the movie Exodus and had a leading role in 15 motion pictures including the 1960 blockbuster Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Pat Boone was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2007.
Since 2005, Pat Boone has had a regular column on WorldNetDaily, where he writes on issues of morality, politics, science, and the War on Terror. He has been outspoken on the need in our society for more censorship and more legislation of morality, as well as a staunch critic of the ACLU and Darwinism.
- Censorship: Not a 4-letter word, WorldNetDaily, November 03, 2007.
- No such thing as 'free' speech, WorldNetDaily, December 09, 2006.
- So we can't legislate morality?, WorldNetDaily, May 31, 2008.
- ACLU: Public Enemy No. 1, WorldNetDaily, December 08, 2007.
- The ACLU cancer, WorldNetDaily, August 19, 2006.
- Poor Darwin's false religion, WorldNetDaily, February 03, 2007.
- Charles Darwin's unfunny joke, WorldNetDaily, January 27, 2007.