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Monday, March 8 at 8 p.m. – Pat Boone: Love Letters in the Sands of Time

(Rochester, NY) During the 1950s, one performer challenged Elvis Presley in chart-topping hits — Pat Boone. Boone hosts Pat Boone: Love Letters in the Sands of Time, airing Monday, March 8 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21./cable 1011 and 11).

Instantly recognizable for his silky, smooth singing voice, charming good looks and iconic white bucks, Boone had 38 top 40 hits, became a movie star and a best-selling author, and from 1957 to 1961, hosted a weekly network television musical variety show called “The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom.”
Boone’s guest stars were some of the best-known entertainers in the world, including Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, the Mills Brothers, Frankie Avalon, Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, Julie London, Count Basie, Fabian and Nat “King” Cole. These performances can now be seen as part of the all new PBS special Pat Boone: Love Letters in the Sands of Time

Some of the memorable performances and artists in the special include Mel Torme singing “It’s All Right With Me,” Boone and Nat “King” Cole performing “Nature Boy,” an unforgettable attempt at yodeling with the King of the Cowboys, Roy Rogers, and a hilarious rock ‘n’ roll version of “Tenderly” by Boone and Andy Williams.

Pictured: Pat Boone on the set.
Credit: Pat Boone Enterprises, Inc.


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