An actor and a successful singer in the decade of the 50s and 60s, Pat Boone is known for the signature white buck shoes he wears on and off stage. His devotion to his Christian faith and conservative values that added to his public esteem during that era led him to specify in his contracts that kissing his partner could not be forced on him by the director.
In fact, Boone has consistently refused singing and movie roles that he thought might compromise his beliefs and values—including a coveted role with the legendary Marilyn Monroe, the reigning sex symbol of that era. In his film debut, “April Love,” he declined to give an on-screen kiss to his leading lady, Shirley Jones, because she was already married. The strict moral and religious values of Pat Boone did not hinder his success in the billboard charts and box office because his songs sold over 45 million albums, had 38 Top 40 hits and he starred in 12 Hollywood films.
Born Charles Eugene Boone on 1 June 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida, Pat Boone, as he is professionally known, was raised in the conservative Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee where he attended David Lipscomb High School and later, at the David Lipscomb College a popular Church of Christ University. In 1958, he graduated magna cum laude from the Columbia University School of General Studies.
Pat Boone, who claimed to be a direct descendant of legendary American pioneer, Daniel Boone, began singing for Republic Records in 1954. A year later, he recorded his version of Fats Domino’s “Ain’t that a Shame,” which became a huge hit and set the stage for his successful career. The British music invasion in the decade of the 60s spearheaded by the Beatles ended his career as a hit maker. Nonetheless, Boone continued recording throughout the decade focusing on gospel music and became a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Pat Boone has left an indelible mark in the music industry as he holds the Billboard record for being in 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with more than one song.
Pat Boone is a hawk being a vocal supporter of the Vietnam War and in his 2006 article in WorldNetDaily, he stated that Democrats who were against the U.S. President George W. Bush’s stand during the war in Iraq have questionable patriotism. He had campaigned for Ronald Reagan’s election as Governor of California in 1966 and 1970 and had actively supported Reagan in the 1976 presidential nomination.