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Boone also remembers the time Fats Domino brought him on stage, pointed to the most
expensive diamond ring on his finger, and said, "Pat Boone bought me this ring."Adds
Boone, smiling: "He meant, of course, the royalties from his 'Ain't That A Shame' that I
recorded, paid for it!"
By the way, in the midst of all this early success, Boone continued at Columbia University,
graduating magna cum laude with a degree in English in 1958, appearing on the cover of
TV Guide in his cap and gown.
Boone Fact #2 (that you may not know): Pat Boone has a sense of humor about himself
and his clean-cut image. He once kidded Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" that he
nearly drowned while swimming and, as is supposed to happen, his whole life flashed
before him. "What did you do?" asked Carson. "I fell asleep," replied Boone.
Boone's recording career was stratospheric: from the 1950s on, nearly 50 million records
sold, 38 Top 10 hits, gold, and platinum records. Boone rates #6 among artists with the
most consecutive Top 10 hits, #10 with the most Top 40 hits and #16 with the most No. 1
hits. He began producing other artists and also branched into gospel music, starting his first
label, gospel-based Lamb & Lion Records. A Boone album of hymns sold three million
copies, considerably opening up the market and allowing Boone to stay loyal to this genre
all his life. He hosted a gospel TV program for a decade and syndicated gospel music radio
shows for much longer.
He was also fired from his job hosting the TV show. All because he dabbled with the devil
and recorded an album of ...Heavy Metal Music!
It was not only the music but Boone's appearance on the "American Music Awards." In
black leather and fake tattoos, he was promoting his new album, In A Metal Mood, heavy
metal songs given a Pat Boone treatment. Millions saw the joke ("It was a parody of
myself', says Boone) but not the "gospel arena" who dropped him as host of that TV show
until they listened to the music and finally saw what he was doing, that it was perfectly
fine, and reinstated him.
Boone's original teen idol success, not to mention his classic boy-next-door good looks,
attracted Hollywood's interest, leading to Boone starring in 14 movies...and they were
major features, not rock 'n roll quickies. They showcased Boone with such stars as Ann
Margaret, James Mason, Debby Reynolds and Tony Curtis and were box office hits.
He was, in fact, Elvis' main competition at this time, mid-1950s onwards. Television
beckoned: Boone became the youngest person to have his own weekly musical variety
show (ABC), at times the number one show in television, and was an in-demand guest
star for other shows, both musical and dramatic. Advertisers discovered that Pat Boone's
personality sold things. He became an accomplished TV pitchman, especially for the
Chevrolet company for many years.
Here’s what’s next.
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