1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Pat Boone (born June 1, 1934)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: April Love 1957
Pat Boone also had hits with Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love) and Don’t Forbid Me in 1956 and Love Letters in the Sand in 1957.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1955-1966 Record Label: Dot
Pat Boone is associated with his EASY-POP recordings Love Letters in the Sand, Friendly Persuasion, and April Love—but his big hits also included rock ‘n’ roll covers of Ain’t That A Shame, Long Tall Sally, and I Almost Lost My Mind. On his cover recordings he added his own twists to rock & roll, polished rough edges, and made them more palatable to audiences raised on soothing traditional pop. This great-great grandson of America’s frontier hero, Daniel Boone, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. After high school in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was student body president, he married Shirley Foley, daughter of country star Red Foley. He appeared on TVs ‘Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour,’ the ‘Arthur Godfrey Show,’ and eventually his own weekly TV show on ABC. With his trademark white buck shoes, perfectly combed hair, and radiant smile, Pat Boone was the very essence of American values at a time when rock & roll seemed threatening. At the box office, he had a string of successful films including ‘State Fair,’ ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth,’ and ‘April Love.’