Legendary entertainer Pat Boone, who skyrocketed to stardom in the 1950s with chart-topping hits, will return to his UNT roots this September for two special performances.
Boone, who studied at UNT from 1954 to 1955 before his music and movie career shot him to fame, will sing the National Anthem as part of the pregame ceremonies in conjunction with the Mean Green game vs. Houston at UNT's Mean Green Stadium on Sept. 10. For information about the opening home game, visit the Mean Green Sports website.
At 4 p.m. Sept. 11, Boone will share behind-the-scenes stories about his life and career and perform a few of his hit songs in "An Evening with Pat Boone," which also will feature video clips and blooper reels from his TV appearances. Billed as a "multimedia, autobiographical pop culture journey," "An Evening with Pat Boone" will take place in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, located on the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets are $25 and $45 and will go on sale Aug. 1 at the Murchison Performing Arts Center website.
This special performance by Pat Boone is being underwritten by UNT's generous friends at Wells Fargo.
About Pat Boone
With more than 45 million units sold and 38 top 40 hits, Boone is recognized by Billboard magazine as the No. 10 rock recording artist in history. Entertainment Weekly called him "Winner of the Week" in 2003 as Boone landed his 61st hit, "Under God," a top 15 single on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart from his American Glory album.
Boone hit the national spotlight in his first appearance on the Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour. He made his chart debut on April 2, 1955 -- months before Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Little Richard or Elvis Presley.
Pat Boone's Gold Label has produced/released albums from such notables as Glen Campbell, Jack Jones, Patti Page, Roger Williams and others. For nearly 10 years, Boone hosted the gospel music television program, Gospel America on TBN. He now hosts a weekly one-hour gospel music radio show, as well as the two-hour "The Music of Your Life" syndicated radio program heard on more than 180 stations across the nation.
His first book, Twixt Twelve and Twenty, became the No. 1 non-fiction best seller for two years. His current tome, A New Song, has sold more than 1 million copies.
Boone, a father of four daughters and grandfather of 15, is a graduate of Columbia University.
Ellen Rossetti with UNT News Service can be reached Ellen.Rossetti@unt.edu.