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The title of this collection seems to suggest that the new millennium is cause for a reexamination of Boone's musical contributions. And that may be the case, if only to remember that he rivaled the chart dominance of Elvis Presley during the early years of rock & roll, and that whereas Elvis popularized the stylings of unrecognized black artists, Boone "protected" suburban America from black R&B performers by offering tamer versions of their hits. As evidence, this collection offers his stilted, ultra-velvety takes on Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame," the Flamingos' "I'll Be Home," and Ivory Joe Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind," all of which provided hits for Pat. (Strangely absent, however, is his version of Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti.") To his credit, Boone was somehow able to extricate any sense of sexuality or danger from rock & roll — no mean feat. Nevertheless, one can't dismiss the fact that Boone was a first-class pop crooner, and that when he wasn't committing offenses against rock & roll, he was rivaling the talents of Dean Martin and Eddie Fisher on such well-suited tracks as "Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)."

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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Pat Boone

This CD contains the same songs as an old cassette tape we purchased years ago at Pat's performance in Laughlin, NV. We have been looking for the CD for awhile and my son told me to save time and just download it from iTunes. Well, I am very happy!!!! I look forward to more songs from the store.

Music is still valid.

Forget all the racist crap! The music is still good. If Little Richard can forgive him, then everyone else should. Elvis did not celebrate the original black artists either. He just covered them. In addition, Pat and Elvis were not responsible for these practices. No original R and B artist recorded Friendly Persuasion, Don't Forbid Me, April Love, Love Letters in the Sand, or Moody River!

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So, he recorded this a long time ago. How does he make a living now?


Born: June 1, 1934 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the years immediately prior to the British Invasion, only one performer rivaled the chart dominance of Elvis Presley, and that was Pat Boone. With his trademark white buck shoes, perfectly combed hair and gleaming smile, Boone was the very essence of wholesome American values, and at a time when the rise of rock & roll was viewed as a sign of the apocalypse, he made the music appear safe and non-threatening, earning some 38 Top 40 hits in the process. It's fitting that his achievements rank closest...
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