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Pat Boone. Texas Woman

1977 (Audio - Recital)

  • Pat Boone

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  •   Pat Boone. Texas Woman, 1977
    Aporte del blo Classic and Swing

    1. Texas Woman
    2. Throw It Away
    3. Indiana Girl
    4. It's Gone
    5. Country Days And Country Nights
    6. Oklahoma Sunshine
    7. Don't Want To Fall Away From You
    8. Won't Be Home Tonight
    9. Young Girl
    10. Lovelight Comes A Shining

    Pat Boone made some of the last chart hits of his career when he was signed as a country singer to the Motown subsidiaries Melodyland, MC, and Hitsville in the mid-70s. Boone was not new to country music at that time--he had dabbled with country songs throughout his career before making straight country records for MGM in the early '70s. The title track of Texas Woman was Boone's only Top 40 country hit, while "Indiana Girl" and "Oklahoma Sunshine" were minor hits. Those three songs are the most appealing on the album, and "Texas Woman" was reprised on his following record, The Country Side of Pat Boone. The material could have been stronger overall, but the main problem is the slick production, which turns a potentially decent album into one that is sporadically insufferable. "Won't Be Home," a Pat Boone original that pays tribute to law officers, would have been pretty bad no matter what, but the instantly-dated production style certainly doesn't help. Pat Boone could create enjoyable country music, as he did on First Nashville Jesus Band during his MGM years, but Texas Woman gives too little indication of that capacity.
    - Greg Adams, All Music Guide

    Despite this recent attention to his musical efforts, Boone has chosen to put his music career on the back-burner while pursuing his radio, television and charity work. However, his pop legacy will live on years to come. Even though decades have passed since his initial success, Pat Boone remains the ninth biggest-selling singles artist of all time. It is likely that Boone will always be remembered by pop fans as the king of “good clean fun.”


    Birth Name: Charles Eugene Patrick Boone
    Born: Jun 1, 1934 in Jacksonville, FL

    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 nonthreatening, earning some 38 Top 40 hits in the process. It's fitting that his achievements rank closest to those of Presley; after all, both claimed the sound of the black RB culture for their own, in the process straddling both sides of the color line and popularizing a form of music which otherwise might never have gained widespread acceptance. Of course, while Elvis with his flashy suits, swiveling hips and suggestive leer remained persona non grata throughout many corners of mainstream America, Boone was embraced by teens and parents alike; his music polished rock's rough edges away, making songs like "Tutti Frutti" and "Ain't That a Shame" palatable to white audiences raised on the soothing pop traditions of a vanishing era.

    Charles Eugene Patrick Boone was born June 1, 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida; a descendant of American frontier hero Daniel Boone; he attended high school in Nashville, and was voted student body president. After graduating, Boone married Shirley Foley, the daughter of country star Red Foley, and after a period at Nashville's David Lipscomb College, he transferred to North Texas State University. There, after taking top honors at a local talent show, he earned the right to appear on the The Ted Mack Amateur Hour, leading to a yearlong tenure on The Arthur Godfrey Show. In 1954, Boone made his first recordings for the small Republic label, followed a year later by his Dot Records debut "Two Hearts, Two Kisses." As 1955 drew to a close, he notched his first number one hit, a sedate rendition of Fats Domino's aforementioned "Ain't That a Shame"; in the years to come he would record numerous cover versions of songs first credited to black performers, among them Little Richard, the El Dorados, the Flamingos and Ivory Joe Hunter indeed, to the chagrin of purists, for many listeners Boone's records remain betterknown than the original performances.

    Between 1956 and 1963, Boone made some 54 chart appearances, many of them with twosided hits; his biggest smashes included the number one records "Don't Forbid Me," "Love Letters in the Sand" and "April Love," all three issued in 1957. That year he also began hosting his own ABC television series, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom; he also conquered film, starring in 15 features including 1957's Bernadine and April Love. Although his TV program ceased production in 1960, Boone remained a major star as the new decade dawned, and in 1961 again topped the charts with "Moody River." He even became an author, writing a series of selfhelp books for adolescents including Twixt Twelve and Twenty, Between You, Me and the Gatepost and The Care and Feeding of Parents. Although the rise of Beatlemania put the brakes on Boone's run as a teen idol after 1962, he failed to again crack the Top 40 he continued recording for Dot through the late 1960s, and in his live performances regularly appeared with his wife and their four daughters, further reinforcing his family friendly image.

    By the 1970s, Boone had shifted almost exclusively to recording gospel material, although he later scored a handful of country hits (on, of all places, Motown); in 1977, his daughter Debby topped the charts with a smash of her own, the wedding perennial "You Light Up My Life." In 1981, Boone published Pray to Win, and in 1983 he began hosting a longlived contemporary Christian syndicated radio show, all in addition to his extensive charity work. While his recording career continued to taper off, he did issue "Let Me Live," which became an anthem for the antichoice movement. By and large, Boone spent much of the 1980s and 1990s out of the secular media spotlight, but in 1997 he made a splash with the LP No More Mr. Nice Guy, a tongueincheek collection of covers of heavy metal tunes like "Smoke on the Water" and "Stairway to Heaven." Much of the singer's Christian contingent failed to get the joke, however, and after Boone appeared at the American Music Awards clad in black leather and sporting temporary tattoos, he was dismissed from his Trinity Broadcasting Network program Gospel America.

    - Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide