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Singer, actor, TV host, producer, songwriter, author, motivational speaker, TV pitchman,
radio personality, record company head, TV station owner, sports team owner, family man,
humanitarian, a man unafraid to air his views.
Right now, Boone - the #10 all time top recording artist, according to music industry bible,
Billboard Magazine - is the Lion in Winter, five decades of recording history behind him
and a busy future ahead. A very active lion...
Boone runs his own record company, The Gold Label, designed for legendary artists of a
certain age and certifiable talent (all with million-selling gold records to their credit). "It's
a senior tour for singers," he jokes. "But there is a qualification: they have to be able to sell
records." So far Glen Campbell, Jack Jones, Roger Williams, Patti Page, Cleo Laine, Sha
Na Na and others (as well as Boone himself) have lived up to the founder's maxim. More
than 30 Gold Record albums have been released to date.
Boone has involved himself in a couple of personal projects: "For My Country," a musical
acknowledgment to the National Guard that Boone wrote himself, and regards as a follow-
up to his Pledge of Allegiance pitch, "Under God," recorded a couple of years ago, which
became Boone's 61st hit record. Tuned to current events, close to Boone's heart and views,
both stirred up debate as well as sales. "It's not just liberals who can stir things up through
recordings," he says.
An updated pictorial autobiography (Pat Boone 's America: 50 Years) has joined the line
of more than a dozen autobiographical and motivational books. He became a book author
for the first time, writing the still-in-print 'Twixt Twelve And Twenty in 1958 as a teen
idol, himself barely out of his own teens. His newest book venture, co-written with Cord
Cooper, is Questions About God - And the Answers That Could Change Your Life. This
book addresses one of today's hottest topics, and is packed with facts that will challenge
Today, Boone keeps connected to that 1950s generation, now pre-boomers and boomers.
He is national spokesman for the 60 Plus Association. They hear him on two nationally
syndicated radio shows, "The Music of Your Life" and "The Pat Boone Show," which
features contemporary gospel. His personally written columns appear weekly on
WorldNetDaily.com and NewsMax.com, fearlessly embracing politics, religion, and timely
causes that catch his attention. In recent months, the topics have ranged from separation
of church and state, illegal immigration, abortion, the death penalty, public education, the
NEA and the ACLU. He and his wife Shirley were so concerned about the Cambodian
food crises in the 1970s, they initiated what is now a two hundred million dollar a year
humanitarian organization called Mercy Corps.
Pat Boone is a man of many interests. Not all to do with music. He thinks he may - at this
stage of his career - be suffering from an Edifice Complex.
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