Pat’s Progress: A Boone Timeline

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“Moonglow” #26

“Candy Sweet” #72

“Delia Gone” #66

“Dear John” #44

“Alabam” #47

Hits of 1962

“Johnny Will” #35

“Pictures in the Fire” #77

“I’ll See You in My Dreams” #32

“Quando Quando Quando” #95

“Speedy Gonzales” #6 (featuring voice-over giant Mel Blanc, the original voice of the Loony Tunes character Speedy Gonzales.)

“Ten Lonely Guys” #45

“White Christmas” #116

1963

The Beatles invade, and the era of squeaky-clean teen idols comes to an end. While Pat Boone will never regain his champion standing in the pop charts, he doesn’t stop recording, branching out into country and gospel music.

1983

Hosts a Christian radio show, and records the song “Let Me Live,” which is used by the right-to-life movement.

1997

Makes “In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy.” The album is composed of big-band arrangements of heavy-metal covers, such as Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary.” The last stretches the concept of the album but survives unscathed despite the lounge treatment, proving both the song’s viability as a genuine classic and Boone’s ear for good music.

2002

Boone’s Vegas version of Ozzy Osbourne’s metal classic “Crazy Train” is used as the theme song for MTV’s hit reality show “The Osbournes,” starring Ozzy and his dysfunctional family. Boone is a friend of the Osbournes and lives next door to them; he has never complained about his rowdy, substance-abusing neighbors and even minds their house when the family is away.

2005

Celebrates 50 years in the music business and 52 years of marriage to Shirley Foley. Ranked tenth in the Top 10 rock ’n’ roll artists in history, above Billy Joel and Madonna, with 38 hits in the Top 40. He has not yet been honored with a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but his ambitions remain intact: “My main goal is to hit the charts with five albums in one year, and that’s something nobody’s ever even thought about, much less done.”