The man who turned white shoes into a fashion statement, singer/actor Pat Boone was born in Florida and raised in Nashville. At 17, Boone was starring on his own musical radio show, and before reaching voting age he had achieved nationwide stardom via his appearances on Arthur Godfrey's various radio and TV programs. Many of his hit recordings were "cover" versions of songs previously made famous by such black artists as Fats Domino and Little Richard (back in the less enlightened mid-1950s, many radio stations were hesitant to play "race music" unless it had been "legitimized" by a white performer). While starring on the prime time TVer The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom in 1958, Boone, already married for 5 years and the father of four children, graduated Cum Laude from Columbia University. He launched his film career in 1957, appearing in such family fare as Bernardine (1957), April Love (1957), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) and State Fair (1961). During the early 1960s, Boone starred in a handful of British films, produced by his own Cooga Mooga productions. In one of these, The Yellow Canary (1963), he attempted to shake up his established image by portraying a nasty, ill-tempered rock star. Publicly, Boone was a deeply religious man and model husband and father. He wrote several books concerning his born-again Christianity, as well as his best-selling "teen advice" volume Twixt Twelve and Twenty. Pat Boone is the father of recording artist Debbie Boone.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Is a descendant of American pioneer, Daniel Boone.
- Was elected Student Body President at David Lipscomb High School.
- Graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1958.
- In his first year as a singer, he sold over 4 million records.
- A prolific author of Christian books, including the 1958 New York Times No. 1 Bestseller 'Twixt Twelve and Twenty.
- Citing his strong Christian beliefs, he turned down a part opposite Marilyn Monroe, deeming it too racy.
- Received the Israel Cultural Award in 1979.
- Since 1977, has hosted the annual Pat Boone Golf Tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Longtime spokesman, national chairman and host of the Easter Seals Society Telethon, starting in 1981.
- Was briefly the neighbor of Ozzy Osbourne and his family; Boone later covered Osbourne's "Crazy Train" on his 1997 album In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy.