Pat Boone to Make Israel Debut at 81

Singer Pat Boone attends a Tea Party

The Jerusalem Post reports: Legendary pop crooner Pat Boone has been to Israel many times as an evangelical supporter of the country.

But on March 1, the 81-year-old American icon will put his mouth where his money is, when he makes his musical debut in Israel at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv.

Boone made his mark in the 1950s as a rock & roll contemporary of Elvis Presley and Rick Nelson.

With his Hush Puppy shoes, clean-cut demeanor and novelty tunes like “Speedy Gonzales,” Boone provided palatable versions of raucous rockers like “Ain’t That A Shame” by Fats Domino and “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard and ranks number nine – ahead of artists like The Beach Boys and Aretha Franklin – in Billboard’s listing of the Top 100 Artists 1955-1995.

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