Pat Boone, American singer, actor and writer, begins a 10-day tour of South Africa

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Pat Boone. Source: www.patboone.com

Wednesday, 12 July 1961

Charles Eugene Pat Boone is an American singer, actor and writer who was one of the biggest names in the fifties. He was the only artist whose popularity rivaled that of king of rock and roll, Elvis Priestley. Boone was also a good actor and writer. A devout Christian, he was very selective of the roles that he portrayed and would have had no qualms with turning down a role if he felt that it would compromise his religious beliefs.

 In 1961, Boone came to South Africa for a 10 day tour.  In later life he switched from rock and roll to gospel and country music. By the 1970’s he was singing Gospel exclusively. Now in his late seventies,he still performs at art centers and fairs.

References:
• Associated Press Pat Boone News from Yahoo Music [online] Available at: http://music.yahoo.com {Accessed on 4 July 2012]
• James G. Gary James' Interview With Pat Boone from Classic Bands [online] Available at: www.classicbands.com [Accessed on 4 July 2012]

Last updated : 05-Jul-2012

This article was produced for South African History Online on 05-Jul-2012