Boone June: Speedy Gonzales

The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were false then and are still false today. While the following does not represent the WB view of society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim these prejudices never existed.

Speedy Gonzales

“Speedy Gonzales” is a 1961 David Dante about Speedy Gonzales, “the fastest mouse in all Mexico”. The song was popularized in the U.S. as a 1962 single by Pat Boone.

The Boone version peaked at the #6 Billboard Hot 100 position in 1962 during a total chart run of 13 weeks, doing better in many national charts in Europe, where it sold a million copies.

Pat Boone Speedy Gonzales

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Speedy Gonzales

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The Locket

Boone June: There’s A Gold Mine Walking The Floor Over You My Candy Sweet

Last month, I hit my initial goal for my Over the Edge / Special Olympics Massachusetts fundraiser so I upped my goal to double! Next month will be the rappel so don’t worry if you haven’t donated yet, you still can HERE! It’s a really fun event that gets the Special Olympics a lot of attention. I mean, just look at the views from last year!

Over the Edge 2014 Collage

I had been a bit distracted from the blog because of the fundraising but it’s really so worth it. Since I’m still working on raising more for the Special Olympics, I do also want to shed some light on celebrity philanthropy efforts, even with different organizations. I haven’t touched on Pat Boone’s work up until now, but he’s partnered with some great foundations!

Since 1977, Boone has hosted the annual Pat Boone Golf Tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a celebrity event that benefits a faith-based home for children of families in crisis.

According to the Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner, Boone partnered with GOD TV in 2010 to provide foundational funding for a community development center in East Africa. The Pat Boone Family Life Center in Loiborsoit, Tanzania provides much needed health services and clean water through a deep water well.

“Clean water, and with it small medical clinics and even basic primary and secondary schools, are literally life-changing developments, offering healthy lives and unthought-of futures to countless thousands who otherwise would live and die with no chance even to participate in the 21st century,” Boone wrote in an article about his trip to Africa, in WorldNetDaily.

Pat Boone There's a Gold Mine in the Sky

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There’s a Gold Mine in the Sky

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Remember You’re Mine

Pat Boone Walking the Floor Over You

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Walking the Floor Over You

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Walking the Floor Over You

Pat Boone Candy Sweet

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Candy Sweet

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Delia Gone

Boone June: Twixt Twelve And Twenty

’Twixt Twelve and Twenty is a book by Pat Boone which offered advice to teenagers.

The title refers to how the teen numbers (from 13 to 19) are between (or “betwixt”) 12 and 20. The book was a best seller.

Pat Boone Twixt Twelve and Twenty

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Twixt Twelve and Twenty

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Boone June: Beyond The Sunset To The Center Of The Earth

Pat Boone was born in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of Margaret (Pritchard) and Archie Altman Boone. His family moved to Nashville from Florida when Boone was two years old. His younger brother, whose professional name is Nick Todd, was also a pop singer in the 1950s and is now a church music leader.

In a 2007 interview on The 700 Club, Boone claimed that he is the great-great-great-great grandson of the American pioneer Daniel Boone. He is a cousin of two stars of western television series: Richard Boone of CBS’s Have Gun, Will Travel and Randy Boone, of NBC’s The Virginian and CBS’s Cimarron Strip.

In November 1953, shortly before he turned 19 years old, Boone married Shirley Lee Foley. They have four daughters: Cheryl Lynn, Linda Lee, Deborah Ann (better known as Debby), and Laura Gene. Starting in the late 1950s, Boone and his family were residents of Leonia, New Jersey.

In college, he primarily attended David Lipscomb College, later Lipscomb University, in Nashville. He graduated in 1958 from Columbia University School of General Studies magna cum laude and also attended North Texas State University, now known as the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas.

Pat Boone Beyond the Sunset

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Beyond the Sunset

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My Faithful Heart

Pat Boone To the Center of the Earth

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To the Center of the Earth

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To the Center of the Earth

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: The Big Chill Soundtrack – Motown Various Artists

The Big Chill Soundtrack – Motown Various Artists

First off, I only like The Big Chill and The Goonies as far as Spielberg productions go. This movie is adorable, but the soundtrack is even better. It literally has been my favorite mix for as long as I can remember. I remember when my parents got a used BMW that had an “exotic” CD player in the dash. My mom went out and bought a dozen or so CD’s, the second weekend we had it to enjoy in the car. This album is the one that I have listened to, by far, the most. There’s nothing like a great tune to find a dead body to!

I suppose I chose this disc to review because of Mother’s Day and my own mom having a pretty good taste in music. It certainly was amazing when I was a child. Asides from ‘The Big Chill Soundtrack’, we used to listen to all kinds of radio because my mother hates ads. I remember watching MTV’s Morning Grind with her before heading off to the bus. These ten Motown hits are just the tip of the iceberg.

The Rascals are my all-time favorite Motown group, not soloist. So any mix that includes them in a good flow is alright in my mind. As Erica can attest, I get really into the energetic vibe of a compilation and can spend hours rearranging songs until it works for what I need. ‘The Big Chill’ gives me chills when the needle hits the grooves. It always puts me in a good mood or an even better one. However, “Good Lovin’” isn’t my favorite The Rascals single.

Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World” is such a touching piece. If I’m really upset, it can bring me to tears. Of course, Marvin Gaye’s rendition of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” is my favorite version. His voice is beyond soulful and he delivers his lyrics with overwhelming sincerity. It’s so good. On the B-side, I love “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations, whoever might have been in rotation for that recording. But really, Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” is beautiful. Usually when I listen to this album I must play the B-side twice just to get Procol Harum again.

After I listen to “A Whiter Shade of Pale”, I need The Exciters for a cool down lap. There’s just too much energy in such a slow tempo that it’s almost creepy. I feel like I’m alone in a study when I play it. I can’t praise it enough. Play it through giant speakers during any civil unrest and maybe everyone might pause for four minutes to enjoy it as much as I do.

Overall, if you dig Motown or the movie itself and haven’t listened to the soundtrack, then it’s a must. I garauntee that a copy of ‘The Big Chill Soundtrack’ is cheap and readily available at your local used record store. If you collect vinyl, then you may have a lot of these hits on other pressings, but an excellent mix is essential for any good collection. I highly recommend it as I play it another dozen times myself.

– Mr. Richard

Check out the original post HERE!

Big Chill Soundtrack

Boone June: Pat Boone Will Be Home For Tutti Frutti

I do have just one Pat Boone LP, but a ton of singles so going forward, it’ll be Boone June! Who doesn’t love a good rhyme?

Look forward to more information on Mr. Boone like his childhood, career and charity works!

Pat Boone Tutti Frutti

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Tutti Frutti

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I’ll Be Home

McCartney May: Spies Like Us

“Spies Like Us” is the title song to the 1985 Warner Bros. motion picture of the same name, starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, and Donna Dixon. It was written and performed by Paul McCartney, and was a top-ten hit in the United States in early 1986, reaching No. 7 on the singles chart.


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Spies Like Us

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My Carnival