Entertainer Pat Boone

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on December 12, 2004

Pat Boone Celebrates 50 Years of Entertaining

To celebrate his 50th anniversary in show business, Pat Boone has recorded five albums in five different genres: patriotic, gospel, country, adult contemporary love songs, and R&B classics. “My wife, Shirley, says, ‘People don’t know who you are. Are you a gospel singer, a rock and roller . . . just what are you?'” he says with a laugh. He’s all of those, even a heavy metal rocker, if you believe his 1997 album, In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, which he promoted in leather. The Jacksonville, Fla., native, who was raised in Nashville, Tenn., is branching out again with special guests from James Brown to ZZ Top. Now 70, Boone has run out of career aspirations. “This sounds crazy, but all my goals were accomplished before I was out of college,” says the father of four who resides in Beverly Hills, Calif., and recently celebrated his 51st wedding anniversary. “I’ve lived three or four lives already.”