Elvis Presley was the most commercialy successful artist of the 1950s. Pat Boone was number two.
Many of his biggest hits were covers of rhythm & blues songs. Many radio stations would not play music by black artists so Boone would record their hits, which would then get airplay. Many of the artists would collect royalties but his success left him open for a lot of criticism. The biggest hit of his career, however, was originally recorded in 1931 and had been covered by the likes of Rudy Vallee and Bing Crosby.
Boone had signed to star in the movie Bernadine. There were originally no songs in the film but the producers decided to find a few songs so he could sing. One of the songs chosen was “Love Letter In The Sand.” It was not Boone’s favorite hit but it ws the biggest of his career as it topped all three BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Singles Charts for multiple weeks.
Beat Seller In Stores Chart – 6/3/57 – 5 weeks at number one.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 6/10/57 – 7 weeks at nuber one.
Billboard Top 100 Chart – 6/10/57 – 5 weeks at nuber one.
During the last half of the 1950’s be would place 39 singles on the Hot 100 Chart but none bigger than “Love Letters In The Sand.”