CLEAR LAKE - The Surf Ballroom & Museum announced today that Pat Boone, not Chuck Berry, will appear as the headlining act for the 2012 Winter Dance Party.

Berry was scheduled to appear on Saturday, Feb. 4 during the annual tribute.

"We obviously were extremely disappointed to learn that Chuck Berry isn't able to be with us," said Executive Director Laurie Lietz.

"However, we are thrilled to announce Pat Boone as the headliner. He was (and still is) a renowned performer within the early period of rock. We are looking forward to a terrific show."

Boone has sold more than 45 million albums, had 38 Top 40 hits and appeared in more than 12 Hollywood movies.

Boone's talent as a singer and actor, combined with his old-fashioned values, contributed to his popularity in the early rock and roll era.

According to Billboard, Boone was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley but ahead of Ricky Nelson and The Platters, and was ranked at No. 9 - behind The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney but ahead of artists such as Aretha Franklin and The Beach Boys - in its listing of the Top 100, Top 40 Artists in 1955-1995.

Boone still holds the Billboard record for spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with one or more songs each week.

He is most well-known for his chart topping recordings "Ain't That A Shame," "I Almost Lost My Mind," "Love Letters in the Sand," "Don't Forbid Me," "April Love" and "Moody River."

At the age of twenty-three, he began hosting a half-hour ABC variety television series, "The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom," which aired for 115 episodes (1957-1960).

Many musical performers, including Edie Adams, Andy Williams, Pearl Bailey and Johnny Mathis made appearances on the show. His cover versions of rhythm and blues hits had a noticeable effect on the development of the broad popularity of rock and roll. During his tours in the 1950s, Elvis Presley was one of his opening acts.

 

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