1959 Pat Boone – Twixt Twelve and Twenty
Pat Boone began recording singles as early as 1953 without making a dent on the charts for a few years. The hits finally started coming in 1955 when he signed with Dot Records. Over the next few years, he released a successful series of covers of records that black artists had already charted on the R&B chart.
In 1958, Pat Boone wrote his first book, Twixt Twelve and Twenty. They released the first edition of the book on June 1, 1958, with the subtitle, “Pat Boone Talks to Teenagers.” The book was popular enough that by the end of the year, the book had reached its ninth printing.
By 1962, the revised subtitle had become, “Pat talks intimately to teen-agers about all the problems and joys of the exciting years.”
The Northeastern Institution for a Christian education received Pat’s royalties from the book.
Aaron Schroeder and Fredda Gold wrote a song entitled Twixt Twelve and Twenty that Pat recorded and released as a single in 1959. His single reached #17 on the Hot 100.
The record became Pat’s highest-ranking single from its release until he reached the top of the Hot 100 in 1961 with Moody River. He also had another top ten single in 1962 with Speedy Gonzales.
While Pat’s charting history ranked second only to Elvis in the fifties, the British Invasion effectively ended his hit-making days. On the plus side, his daughter Debbie Boone reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1977. Her single stayed at #1 for ten weeks, a record that lasted until Olivia Newton-John’s Physical matched that run in 1981.
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