Pat Boone has not worn well down through the years but during the last half of the 1950s, he was a superstar. Only Elvis and Ricky Nelson were more commercially successful during that time period. He had 38 singles reach the American top 40 with six reaching number one. He acted in 12 films and had his own television show, 1957-1960.
He has received a lot of criticism for covering songs by black artists and selling more copies than the original artists.
His second chart hit was a cover of Fats Domino “Ain’t It A Shame,” which he changed to “Ain’t That A Shame. Fats version reached number ten while Boone’s topped the Billboard Magazine Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart for two weeks starting September 17, 1955.
Domino was one artist who did not complain about Boone as he was the writer of the song and laughed all the way to the bank while collecting his royalties.