College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Ensemble & Other Performances, Volume 1 Page: 35
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Boone fact #3 (that you may not know): Elvis Presley once opened in concert for Boone.
"I had to follow him," recollects Boone. "Thank God I had a couple of hit records then and
I was the star that night. I never followed Elvis again!"
In 1959 Pat Boone wrote the lyric to the theme from the movie Exodus, about the creation
of the State of Israel. It provided him a special connection with the country, one that he
has maintained. Today, Boone is Christian ambassador to Israel, leading many tours of
the country for the Christian Broadcasting Network. He also possesses an Israel Cultural
Award, the country's highest award for a non-native. He is spokesman for the International
Fellowship of Christians and Jews "Wings of Eagles" program, allowing 300,000 Jews
from iron curtain countries to resettle in Israel.
Boone has been national spokesman for the March of Dimes, the National Association of
the Blind, entertainment chairman for the National Easter Seal telethon (18 years) which
raised over $600 million for the disabled during his tenure. His own Cambodian relief
organization formed in the 1970s, "Save The Refugees" (now Mercy Corps), is currently
operating in 23 countries and responsible, so far, for delivering $800 million worth of food
and supplies where needed.
Pat Boone has another statistic, not usually found in the world of rock 'n roll. He and wife
Shirley have been married 55 years (four daughters, 15 grandkids) and have lived in the
same Beverly Hills house for 40 years.
People agree and disagree with Pat Boone - about rock 'n roll, politics, religion, the usual
stuff. Boone knows he can't be all things to all people. But most people agree on one
thing... Pat Boone has lived his life, engineered his career, utilized his talent and celebrity
Boone Fact #4 (that you may not know): Pat Boone is a non-drinker but he thinks he
knows what it's like to be drunk. In New York, waiting for the light, he heard his version
of "Ain't That A Shame" played on the car radio next to him, a car crowded with teenagers
obviously really enjoying the music. "Hearing a record of mine on the air for the first time,
and seeing the reactions of the kids, was the closest I ever came to being drunk."
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