Pat Boone

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Can anyone give me a valid reason why Pat Boone--who probably detested rock and roll before releasing the album of heavy metal covers--was even ever considered for the Hall of Fame?

Neither can I.

Posted by Joe on Sunday, 12.23.07 @ 22:25pm


In the late 50s and early 60s Pat Boone was the anti-Elvis. Probably nobody else in popular music at that time came as close to dominatin' those pop charts as those 2, something like 38 top 40 songs for Pat Boone till John, Paul , George and whats his name came along. And that heavy metal album just cracked me up.



Posted by Arrow Man on Sunday, 12.23.07 @ 22:49pm


I am somewhat aware of that, but the music dominated the popular music chart BEFORE rock and roll--which is what this Hall of Fame is about.

Yeah, the heavy metal album was hysterical...but that hardly qualifies Boone for the Rock hall. And I sincerely doubt that he would accept induction anyway.

Posted by Joe on Monday, 12.24.07 @ 08:49am


Let me rephrase that. Yes, Pat Boone was in the rocl and roll era--not before, as I just said--but being the anti-Elvis would make him pretty much anti-rock and roll.

Posted by Joe on Monday, 12.24.07 @ 08:51am


Pat Boone took classic rock songs (see "Tutti Frutti") and basically tried to put a suit coat and tie on it. It actually made some people want to hear the originals...something that I know Little Richard was grateful for. Problem was, his versions were so sugar coated they'd make your teeh rot!! No hard edge at all!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 01.27.08 @ 16:50pm


I just got through digitizing his 1961 LP on Dot Records, "Moody River". It is a great album. He is VERY deserving of his place in Rock N Roll history, as a performer who popularized and helped explore and mature the Pop genre. During the beginning era of R n R, music was in such a state of flux, still waiting to be defined. Pat Boone did more than his fair share to define it. By definition, he deserves his place, whether he solicites or welcomes it, or not.

Posted by Wolfman on Wednesday, 02.13.08 @ 00:02am


Wolfman, thanks for having ears and taste.
First, it does not matter if Boone does or doesn't make it into the Rock Hall. 2nd, Elvis made more saccharine music for 17 years than Boone did. Third, RRHOF inducts and music academics have canonized as rock people such as Spector and Ronettes, the Motowners, Gamble and Huff, and Madonna--so, in many cases it is about the fame (especially in US, which is why ABBA did not make it). Boone did not deliberately tone down rock n roll so much as made it the white phenomenon it's stayed. The African Americans he covered were playing what was essentially Rhythm and Blues that came from their own trainings. Man, why am I even wasting my breath?!

Posted by Jayzterbasster on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 02:14am


Boone is a great example of someonew who was very commercially successful, who really wasn't a critical hit or revered as an artist. And that's why other people who were big commercial successes and were not critical successes or revered as artists won't really be considered for the HOF. Though I'd say that Brenda Lee wasn't exactly revered as an artist, but she was from a different time. I do like some of her stuff, esp. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"- and it helps when you have a notorious nickname- "Little Miss Dynamite" was impactful, I suppose.

Posted by JR on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 10:29am


I know for fact that Pat Boone would accept the honor of induction into the Hall. He's called himself a mid-wife of Rock And Roll, and also fondly recalls his variety show where he had Black artists as guests, much to the dismay of his OWN FAMILY members. This may be a bit un-PC, but the social gap of racism cannot be closed unless people on BOTH sides want to close it up, and back in the '50s, Pat Boone was one of the pioneers on the white side trying to close that gap. He manipulated the prejudices of white parents to not only bring himself fame and fortune, but to also undermine the viewpoint that those parents thought he was standing for. And instead we demonize him for being a "sanitizer" of R&B.

As for in a metal mood, you take out the jazzy bridge in the middle, and his version of "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" is actually pretty sweet.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 04.22.08 @ 23:37pm


I think Pat should be in.. There is really no one like HIM in the RHOF
What a kick ... YES!!!!!

Posted by mrxwz on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 21:25pm


Yes to PAT When Rock was young Pat was there no hype light to follow just real feelings in a song .. Little Richards was glad Pat covered his HITS

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:30pm


I know he is not politaclly cool but If not for Pat rock may of died long ago..


tours in the 1950s, Elvis Presley was one of his opening acts.

According to Billboard, Boone was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley but ahead of Ricky Nelson and The Platters, and was ranked at No. 9 - behind The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney but ahead of artists such as Aretha Franklin, Chicago and The Beach Boys - in its listing of the Top 100 Top 40 Artists 1955-1995.[1]

In the 1960s, he focused on gospel music and is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Boone still holds the Billboard record for spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with more than one song.

Boone is also a motivational speaker, a television personality, a conservative political commentator and a Christian activist, writer and preacher.

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 10.5.09 @ 12:10pm


According to Billboard, Boone was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley but ahead of Ricky Nelson and The Platters, and was ranked at No. 9 - behind The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney but ahead of artists such as Aretha Franklin, Chicago and The Beach Boys - in its listing of the Top 100 Top 40 Artists 1955-1995.[1]

In the 1960s, he focused on gospel music and is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Boone still holds the Billboard record for spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with more than one song.

Boone is also a motivational speaker, a television personality, a conservative political commentator and a Christian activist, writer and preacher.

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 10.5.09 @ 12:10pm


Mrxyz, you make some pretty valid points on why Pat Boone could be in the HoF, but in then in the last paragraph you ironically remind us all of why he SHOULDN'T!!!

Posted by Jonny on Monday, 10.5.09 @ 15:45pm


Can anyone tell me how Del Shannon deserved to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before Pat Boone???

Posted by Tony on Thursday, 01.7.10 @ 18:16pm


Can anyone tell me how Del Shannon deserved to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before Pat Boone???

Posted by Tony on Thursday, 01.7.10 @ 18:16pm



My guess is Pat is not politcally correct To bad.. he should be in Maybe someday they will grow up

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 01.7.10 @ 21:19pm


My guess is Pat is not politcally correct To bad.. he should be in Maybe someday they will grow up


Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 01.7.10 @ 21:19pm


having said the above It may just be he is not in They do a good job but many greats are left behind...

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 01.7.10 @ 21:26pm


<<Can anyone tell me how Del Shannon deserved to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before Pat Boone???

Posted by Tony on Thursday, 01.7.10 @ 18:16pm>>

Possibly because of current image. Those old enough to remember Del Shannon (which would not include me), or too young but have a general idea of the name, would associate Del Shannon wiht Rock and Roll. Pat Boone, on the other hand, is more associated these days with gospel, country-western (if anything at all), or possibly a really crappy heavy metal album he did in the 1990s. In short--and this is just one man's opinino--Pat Boone is not remembered for rock and roll.

Satisfactory answer?

Posted by Joe on Friday, 01.8.10 @ 22:17pm


It's because he's remembered for watering down R&B records and doing lite pop that was clean and sanitary. I don't necessarily think he watered down R&B, but it was for the purpose of being less controversial... the Hall embraces and loves the controversial, hence no recognition for Boone. But notice, they also haven't inducted other deserving artists who did a lot of covering of R&B songs with very little in the way of original songs... the Diamonds, the Crew Cuts, Johnny Rivers... just those off the top of my head.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 01.9.10 @ 03:48am


Early Rocker Opened the Door for middle America to ROCK!!! There is only one Pat Boone .. I hope he gets IN....
Heck he even helped the Leaves get a deal with "Hey Joe " Years before Hendrix covered it..Both versions are GOOD

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 02.22.10 @ 22:20pm


Two words.....HELL NO!

Posted by Mike on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 20:23pm


Mike...regardless of what you might think, Pat Boone was an essential part of the history of Rock & Roll...he basically put "a suit and tie" on songs written by the likes of Little Richard and made them more appealing to the general public. Young people in turn were drawn to the original artists versions...which was part of the "snowball effect" of introducing those performers to the masses...

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 20:46pm


Likely one of those commercially successful acts deemed too light for consideration. Was he actually nominated, or just discussed?

Posted by JR on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 21:14pm


Just discussed.

Listening to Little Steven's speech last night, the irony struck me... they laud and induct the British acts of the 60s for doing the exact thing they keep act like Pat Boone and the Diamonds OUT for doing during the '50s!

British Invasion of the '60s: it's just like "stealing from the Black man" in the '50s, except they're British, so you apparently can't call it racist.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 14:06pm


Sure, Pat Boone should be included. He did a number of rock songs in the 50's like Why Baby Why, Tutti-Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Bernadine, and more. In fact, he was largely responsible for white folks making the transition between "acceptable" crooning sounds and "sinful" "negro" music.

The fact that Pat Boone preferred crooning to hard rock is neither here nor there. Nor is it much different from later Elvis. He reached out to millions of young teens as well as their parents and helped initiate the revolution in music that was capped off by Elvis.

All I can say is as long as Pat Boone is excluded from the Hall and non-rockers like Johnny Cash are in, the Hall is built on nothing but prejudices.

Now, "Ain't That A Shame?"

Posted by Josh on Thursday, 03.18.10 @ 11:24am


anyone who thinks pat was mr clean should try to find the photo of him kneeling on a chair with is wang in his hand staring at the camera

Posted by mike on Sunday, 06.13.10 @ 22:59pm


"All I can say is as long as Pat Boone is excluded from the Hall and non-rockers like Johnny Cash are in, the Hall is built on nothing but prejudices."
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Johny Cash is a non-rocker? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahahahhahahhahahahhhashahahhahahahhahahahhahahhahahhahahahahhahahahahhahahhahahhahahahhah!!!!!!!!

Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 02.9.11 @ 22:07pm


The facts are that if it would not have been for several white acts who introduced rock and roll to the white masses, there would not have been rock and roll. These acts were, in order of the initial rock and roll hits, Bill Haley with Rock Around The Clock reaching #1 in 1955, a song which is heralded as the song that began rock and roll, Pat Boone with the only other rock and roll song to reach #1 in 1955, Ain't That A Shame,and yes, Fats Domino did it better, but Pat took it to number 1. Elvis Presley(no explanation needed, he is the King), Ricky Nelson(who introduced rock and roll to the millions who watched him on tv every week), Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis. These white acts opened the door wide open for the great black rock and roll acts, and the only one of these acts missing from the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame(the other 6 acts were inducted within the first 2 years of the Fame's existence), is Pat Boone, who was the second biggest hit-maker in the 1955-1964 early rock and roll era, before the Beatles. Ain't that a shame Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Louis on Wednesday, 04.27.11 @ 12:32pm


Pat Boone should be inducted!!!Pat Boone is the King of Pop/Rock.He should be inducted cause he helped the Black singers get exposed.He is also a handsome man.He deserves to be inducted.I know he was not real Rock 'N' Roll but he sure made it into a genre sugar coated Pop/Rock.If it were not for him Avril Lavigne,Kelly Clarkson,Hilary Duff would have never existed!And that's the truth.

Posted by Krystal Herrera on Friday, 06.3.11 @ 20:31pm


Pat Boone's a proper cünt.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 07.26.12 @ 15:03pm


Why? Because he's religious and conservative? He's actually quite a decent man.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 07.26.12 @ 16:21pm


Pat Boone
He helped make rock ok with middle america ,, back in the day.. A class act

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 07.26.12 @ 16:38pm


Pat Boone
He helped make rock ok with middle america ,, back in the day.. A class act

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 07.26.12 @ 16:38pm


"In the 2007 Kentucky gubernatorial election, Boone campaigned for incumbent Republican Ernie Fletcher with a prerecorded automated telephone message stating that the Democratic Party candidate Steve Beshear would support "every homosexual cause." As part of the campaign, Boone asked, "Now do you want a governor who'd like Kentucky to be another San Francisco?""

anti-gay is one of my few trigger things, even if i'm not it myself.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 07.26.12 @ 17:28pm


With 50 million records sold, 38 Top 40 hits, gold, and platinum records. Boone rates #6 among artists with the most consecutive Top 10 hits, #10 with the most Top 40 hits and #16 with the most No. 1 hits. Billboard lists him as the #10 recording artist of all time. What makes these stats truly impressive is that they were compiled during an era when the record buying public had a rock and roll smorgasbord to choose from including Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, etc. Like him or not, there's no question that Pat was an influence on early rock and roll and deserves to be inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame.

Posted by John on Sunday, 04.28.13 @ 11:29am


There is no question that Pat Boone was a very successful singer from 1955-1962; however he does not merit election into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame for one fundamental reason. He was not a rock n' roll artist! He was a pop artist who covered and watered down songs previously recorded by black R&B artists. He was the antithesis of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly.

Posted by STEPHEN VASIL on Sunday, 06.23.13 @ 03:25am


My My so much negativity about Pats religious views... and political views He had lots of hits and help open the door to making rock mainstream His influence is enormous in the early days of Rock and rhythm and blues..
He should be IN

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 08.3.13 @ 11:34am


Are you saying there are no pop artists in the Hall? Madonna, ABBA and Michael Jackson quickly come to mind.

Posted by Tony on Wednesday, 08.21.13 @ 17:00pm


He should be in the rock 'n' roll hall of fame because he is one of the early pioneers of rock 'n' roll along with Fats Domino, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Crew-Cuts.

Posted by RUSSELL CINQUE JR on Thursday, 05.1.14 @ 00:57am


Should be in

Posted by oldie on Tuesday, 04.26.16 @ 12:40pm


With any doubt This man should be in...
He opened so many doors it would be hard to count all the early influence he had on rock and rhythm and blues.... From his songs on the radio to his early TV show.. Just countless contributions ..

Posted by bluesboy on Monday, 05.16.16 @ 20:23pm


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