PAT BOONE STILL ROCKS!

October 03, 2018 at 4:45 am

Singer and cultural icon, Pat Boone, joins us to reflect on his more than half-century in performance.

Aired on October 2, 2018.

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>> THE 19 50s TOP LEGEND KNOWN
FOR AIN'T THAT A SHAME SHAPED
THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WITH A CAREER
SPANNING OVER SIX DECADES.
RIVALLED BY THE KING OF ROCK AND
ROLL ELVIS PRESLEY, PAT BOONE
LEFT A MARK ON MUSIC AND
CONTINUES TO TOUCH LISTENERS ONE
NOTE AT A TIME.
AT 84 YEARS YOUNG, HE REFLECTS
ON A HALF CENTURY OF GREAT
PERFORMANCES.
§ EVER TOGETHER NOW AND
FOREVER §
§
>> WE MARRIED AT 19.
SHE WAS SO RELIEVED.
SHE WAS A DAUGHTER OF THE GREAT
COUNTRY HALL OF FAME SINGER.
SHE'S SEEN ENOUGH SINGING, THE
DEMANDS ON A PERFORMER IF HE'S
SUCCESSFUL, SHE DIDN'T WANT ANY
MORE OF THAT.
I WON A NATIONAL TALENT CONTEST,
FORERUNNER OF SHOWS LIKE
"AMERICAN IDOL."
TED MACK AMATEUR HOUR, NATIONAL
TV, WON THREE WEEKS IN A ROW TO
MY AMAZEMENT.
LED TO A RECORDING CONTRACT, I
HAD HITS AIN'T THAT A SHAME,
FROM THEN ON, FROM MARCH OF '55
TO LATE FEBRUARY '56 WHEN ELVIS
HIT WITH HEART BREAK HOTEL, AND
THAT 11-MONTH PERIOD I HAD SIX
SELLING SINGLES.
SHIRLEY REALIZED I WAS NEVER
GOING TO BE THE SCHOOL TEACHER
AND LOCATED PREACHER.
BUT WE STILL DETERMINED WHEN WE
MOVED FROM NEW JERSEY BY THEN TO
CALIFORNIA THAT WE WERE GOING TO
LIVE BY WHAT I CALL TENNESSEE
STANDARDS, THINGS I HAD BEEN
BROUGHT UP, BELIEVED, AND THAT'S
THE WAY WE RAISED OUR DAUGHTERS,
FOUR DAUGHTERS IN HOLLYWOOD,
CALIFORNIA.
THEY ALL MARRIED GOOD CHRISTIAN
GUYS, HAD GIVEN US 16 GRAND
KIDS, THOSE GRAND KIDS HAVE
GIVEN US NINE GREAT GRAND KIDS.
THESE PRINCIPLES BY WHICH I HAD
LIVED, I KNOW THEY SEEM SQUARE
TO SOME PEOPLE.
IT MAKES ME OUT MODED OR
IRRELEVANT.
PARTICULARLY IN HOLLYWOOD.
§ ON A DAY LIKE TODAY
§
>> I GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE AT
AGE 23 IN MY CAP AND GOWN, I WAS
ON THE COVER OF TV GUIDE.
THE SHOW WAS NUMBER ONE, AND I'M
23, AND ALL OF THE MAJOR STARS
WERE COMING ON AND SINGING WITH
ME.
I HAD ALREADY MADE SEVERAL
MOVIES.
I HAD HAD A NUMBER OF HIT
RECORDS.
I WAS ELVIS'S ONLY COMPETITION,
AND THAT LAST HALF OF THE '50s.
AND I GRADUATE MAGNA CUM LAUDE
FROM COLUMBIA IN THE MIDDLE OF
ALL THIS WITH FOUR KIDS.
§ NO MORE MR. NICE GUY, NO MORE
MR. §
§
>> I HAD SUCCESS ACTUALLY IN
MORE GENRES OF MUSIC FROM POP,
ROCK, GOSPEL, COUNTRY,
PATRIOTIC, FOLK, SPOKEN WORD,
HEAVY METAL, AND NOW I THINK I'M
THE ONLY PERFORMER AND ANY
SINGER EVER TO HEADLINE THE SAME
VENUES OVER 50 AND NOW 60 YEARS
APART.
IT'S AMAZING TO HEADLINE THE
SAME VENUES, STILL SINGING,
STILL RECORDING, AND TRYING TO
LEARN HOW TO RETIRE.
I JUST HAVE NOT GOT THE HANG OF
IT YET.
BUT I AM TELLING EVERYBODY THAT
I'M ON MY LAST GO ROUND.
I BROKE MY JAW AFTER DOING THE
EASTER SEAL TELETHON REHEARSAL.
I WAS COMING HOME ON A BIKE FROM
CENTURY CITY.
AND I HIT THE STORM DRAIN OVER
BY THE BEVERLEY HILTON AND MY
BIKE, THE TIRE WENT DOWN IN THE
DRAIN AND MY JAW DID, TOO, AND I
BROKE MY JAW.
I CAME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL.
ON THE TABLE WAS A BOX, AND IN
THE BOX WAS THIS CATCHER'S MASK.
AND THIS CARD THAT CAME WITH IT.
"DEAR PAT, DUMMY, NEXT TIME USE
THIS.
I LOVE YOU, FRANCIS ALBERT."
NOBODY BUT FRANK SINATRA WOULD
BUY A CATCHERS MASK.
THAT WAS HIM.
THAT WAS THE CAMARADERIE THAT WE
HAD.
I LOVE THIS PICTURE OF BOB.
HE PUT HIS ARMS AROUND ME.
LOOK AT THAT, THE WAY HE'S
HUGGING ME.
WHAT A FRIEND.
>>> I'M HOPING THAT ALTHOUGH I'M
TOO LOQUACIOUS, THAT I CAN MAKE
FOR GOOD HOW I'M LIVING MY LIFE.

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