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Charles Eugene "Pat" Boone[1] (born June 1, 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American singer, writer and actor. He was a very successful pop musician in the 1950s and 1960s. His many hits were covers of black R&B musicians' songs. At that time black musicians were not played on white radio stations. His daughter Debby is also a singer.

Pat Boone
Pat Boone by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Boone, February 2011
Background information
Birth nameCharles Eugene Boone
Born (1934-06-01) June 1, 1934 (age 85)
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
OriginNashville, Tennessee
GenresChristian, pop, country, rock and roll, patriotic
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, actor, motivational speaker, spokesman
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1954–present
LabelsRepublic, Dot, Tetragrammaton, Melodyland (Motown), Hip-O, The Gold Label, MCA
Associated actsDebby Boone (daughter)
Websitepatboone.com

According to Billboard, Boone was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley.[2] He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Boone hosted a half-hour ABC variety television series. There were 115 episodes from 1957 to 1960. Many musical performers, including Edie Adams, Andy Williams, Pearl Bailey and Johnny Mathis were on the show.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Current Biography Yearbook. New York, New York: The H.W. Wilson Company. 1959.
  2. Joel Whitburn, Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, The, 1996, p.806, Billboard |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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