Pat Boone Becomes Next Rock and Roll Innovator
March 7, 2012
-- Along with Elvis Presley,Pat Boone owned the record charts back in the late 50's. He was that young man who took the then "raw" tunes of rhythm, blues and soul, added a little toothpaste to clean them up, and infused a whole enchilada of charm into those songs as they reached the top of the charts, thus affording the "originals" more sales and air play than they would ever have had without his help. No serious rock artist understands why he has not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; no one can really dispute the part played in the origins of rock and roll by this legend.
According to Billboard Magazine, Boone was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley but ahead of Ricky Nelson and The Platters, and was ranked at No. 9—behind The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney but ahead of artists such as Aretha Franklin and The Beach Boys—in its listing of the Top 100 Top 40 Artists- 1955-1995. Boone still holds the Billboard record for spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with one or more songs each week. His cover versions of rhythm and blues hits had a noticeable effect on the development of the broad popularity of rock and roll.
He sold over 45 million albums, had 38 Top 40 hits and appeared in more than 12 very popular Hollywood movies. Boone's talent as a singer and actor, combined with his old-fashioned values, contributed to his popularity. Artists like Fats Domino and Little Richard (whose hits he had covered), have said they owe him a great amount of thanks for bringing their music to the forefront and for helping to initiate the rock and roll era.
Those folks who click onto www.sampod4u.com can now be treated to a double dose of this music icon, and link to some of his greatest hits. He is not only featured on the Rock and Roll Innovators page, but he is included as well in another new sampod feature, "Singing Legends". Check out the website for all the special music and historical information, with links to some very entertaining youtubes.