LEONIA, N.J. -- Happy birthday to former Leonia resident Pat Boone!
Boone, who is best known as a singer, composer, actor, writer, television personality and motivational speaker, turns 83 on Thursday, June 1.
According to Billboard, Boone was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley.
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).
In the 1960s, he focused on gospel music and is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He continues to perform and speak as a motivational speaker, a television personality, and a conservative political commentator.