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Posted on 08/14/2005 10:04:47 PM PDT by USMale
The original American Idol, Pat Boone, is celebrating his 50th year with a career few singers come close to, I am shocked and astounded to learn Pat Boone is absent from his rightful place in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. How couId this terrible oversight have occurred? No one alive today is more deserving of this honor than Pat Boone.
Pat is a vocal Christian. That explains it.
He did some mainstream stuff, but would he be called rock in any way?
You're kidding, aren't you?
Pat's a good guy, but NOT a rocker. "Love Letters in the Sand" was a great POP tune though. I'm 29 by the way.
Pat had many hits that were considered "rock"
at the start of his career 50 years ago. Tutti Frutti,
Ain't that A Shame, Speedy Gonzales were just three of his 20 chart toppers. "Rock" in the early days was a label given any artist that had what was called a "rock beat".
"Rock" at the start wasn't as we know rock to be today.
Prior to Pat Boone, rock didn't exist. He was there even before Elvis.
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No offense, Pat's a great guy, but he ain't rock'n'roll.
Pat Boone makes Perry Como look frenetic.
Pat Boone rock and roll? Please, ROFL.
I remember seeing him perform Tutti Frutti in an old black and white special about he or Little Richard.
I never seen the soul of music so totally removed from a song in my life.
I'm guessing most people associate his style with elevator music, but I agree that he would be due initiation way ahead of some of the dolts in there now.
Did you get this from scrapple face or the Onion?
Before Elvis... there was nothing!
None of those are rock & roll titles.
Way back then, what Pat sang was considered rock and roll. Perhaps the younger among us don't realize that. It has changed over the years.
White Shoes, White Belt and Gold Chains and a Toup
My keyboard now is contaminated! aughqf aughft
I figure I bash it a few more times it will free up
As a Bald headed (Grey on the sides) old guy that is probably 20 years younger than him, he should have probably not tried to look like he was twenty something when he was 70 something, Plastic Fakes are Plastic Fakes
Johnny Cash performed his exit the right way...
Is Bobby Darrin in the R&R hall of fame? He is also not a true rock & roll artist, although his people tried to force him into that genre and he sang some songs such as Splish Splash that were marginally R&R. Anyway, I could see BD in the R&RHF, but not PB.
He is pop singer not Rock and roller beside only thing that my generation Generation X known him as former neighbor of Ozzy Osbourne
When Pat sings rock tunes, he completely de-rocks them.
According to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame,
Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Dusty
Springfield, Bonnie Raitt, Brenda Lee and
Gene Pitney have all been inducted.
If you have limited knowledge of what rock music
started out as 50 yerars ago, you may challenge
any of these artists. "Town Without Pity" by
Gene Pitney was not "rock" by today's yardstick
of what rock is.
Brenda Lee has almost all ballads except "Rockin
around the Christmas Tree". Billy Joel and
Joni Mitchell are no way "rock" artists by today's
view of what rock is. But, they are considered
"rock" artists by the music industry.
Pat Boone is just as qualified to be in the Rock
hall of Fame as Johnny Cash or any of these artists.
He also redid songs by black artists because parents wouldn't let their kids have the black artists' records.
Hey, I was there in that era and Pat Boone was the singer you listened to if you were afraid of R&R. If you thought Elvis was satan come to earth, then you listened to Pat Boone. PB appealed to your 40 year old mother and not to your 16 year old girlfriend. PB put down R&R for many, many years (maybe because he felt it killed his career), and it wan't until he became and old man in his 50s that he softened on R&R. FOr that reason alone, he shouldn't be honored in the R&RHF, although I do agree he was very good at what he did.
Pat Boone was to Elvis what eventually the Beatles were to the Rolling Stones.
But that never stopped us from goofin' on him when his songs came on our AM car radios! :-)
100 Years from now, popular music will just be a series of grunts, and rock music will be something you read about in an encyclopedia.
Classical music, however, will live forever.
I'll vote for Pat Boone to enter the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame ONLY after they let Minnie Pearl in.
If this is a vanity post, please label it as such in the headline.
You might be interested in seeing a list of those who have been inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame.
Check out the total list of inductee's.
If you havent been to the museum in Cleveland, it's well worth your time.
Problem is Pat built his career on covers, mostly uncredited. That's how the industry worked when Pat was coming up, black guys wrote these great songs and managers stole them and handed them to white guys, Pat was one of the white guys. Hard to say somebody should be in the hall for somebody else's work. Good guy, not a HOFer.
When I was a kid I saw Pat Boone and other of the most popular singing stars perform many times.
I agree that Boone was certainly a top rock and roll headliner in the 1950's, equally popular with Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Bobbie Rydel, Bobbie Darin, etc.
The fact that rock got harder later does not take away from Pat Boone's having been considered a rock and roll superstar in his time. That he would be passed over for official recognition of this historical show business fact is a surprise.
LOL. I just checked the mods link and I think those who feel they know what rock is will be rather surprised to see the names who have been inducted into the hall of fame. Thanks to the mod I can rest my case! :-) ( and feel very old!)
Worst Concert I ever went to (he was booed off the stage, Muddy Waters Opened and Closed that Concert), don't know a soul that has ever owned a Record, 8 track, Cassette or CD of or by Frank Zappa and he is in the Hall of Fame?
Go to the site and see it for yourself. Each of those people inducted do have a link to rock & roll. For Pat Boone, his link is that he changed the lyrics of black R&R songs. Some legacy, huh? I would rather see Lawerence Welk in the hall of fame. At least his singers didn't change the lyrics to songs when they sang their version of R&R.
Zappa was very influential on rock in his time. He also did a lot of crap, of course.
In the Hall of Fame he is Inducted not a an Influence but as a Rocker.
I imagine Death was kind to him
Pat spoke at a meeting I attended about two years ago, he spoke for about 45 minutes, He left no doubt about his faith, he put most preachers to shame.
>>>"Pat spoke at a meeting I attended about two years ago, he spoke for about 45 minutes, He left no doubt about his faith, he put most preachers to shame"<<<
Sounds like a candidate for the "Preachers" Hall of Fame, not the Rockers, (Still don't understand how the hell Zappa made it in the Hall of Fame, he was such a zonk
I have to admit I don't know who Zappa is, I quit listening to rock music in the early 70's.
He and his wife used to appear together prior to his midlife insanity. I'll bet the poor woman is morified. I haven't seen her on TV since.
In my opinion Bobby Darin was an excellent rocker. He could sing anything well. Splish Splash and Sea Cruise are definitely rock. I those days rock tunes had simple themes. But he didn't do enough, and didn't live long enough, to enter hall of fame. Sorry for slight digression from Pat. I did comment on him.
Because he was clean cut then and continued to be later, some people find that fact incongruous with being a rock and roll idol. Well, he was just that to thousands of teens during his peak years. They swooned, screamed and clapped to the beat when Pat Boone performed his show.
Absolutely true. No heavy metal or acid rock around. We're talking mid '50s.
" White Shoes, "
White " buck " shoes ...My mom bought me a pair for my first communion ...Yuck !
Guard your children.
Plug your ears.
Pat Boone and "rock n roll" in the same sentence?
IMO he never was a rocker, ecxcept in he sense that he started out, like so many other white singers of that day (including Elvis,) trying to push black entertainers out of the market, by re-recording black rhythym and blues and rock. He eventually started doing his own material.
I never liked him or his goody goody white buck shoes.
What about the Big Bopper?
Anyone who tries to look 25 when he's really 102 is just suspect, that's all.