Debby Boone to Perform in Lakeside, Ohio – August 8

Posted Jul 28th, 2009 by Jessica Neeson  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com



Lakeside, Ohio – Hoover Auditorium, one of the cultural hot spots on Lake Erie, hosts a variety of musicians, comedians, illusionists, dancers and bands nightly. This year, the historic auditorium will host acts such as Chapter 6, Melissa Manchester, Phil Keaggy and Fernando Ortega, OSU Alumni Band, the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra and the 60th Anniversary Barbershop Quartet Festival. Daily fun and family entertainment await guests of all ages in Lakeside. Admission to the grounds requires a one-day gate pass of $17 (adult), $12 (youth ages 12-18) and children under the age of five and guests if more than 90 years of age are free.

The famed singer Debby Boone will perform at Lakeside’s historic Hoover Auditorium at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, August 8. This concert is sponsored solely by Otterbein North Shore Retirement Living Communities.

Born in Hackensack, N.J. to 1950s singing icon Pat Boone and Shirley Lee Foley Boone, whose father was country star Red Foley, Boone began touring with her parents and three sisters at age 14. The family, known as the Boone’s, recorded primarily gospel music and their songs reached Billboard’s Adult Contemporary (AC) Charts.

She earned instant fame with the hit single, You Light Up My Life, which debuted in 1977 and became an overnight sensation. The tune outranked The Beatles by claiming the number one spot on the Billboard Charts for 10 straight weeks, sold more than four million copies and went platinum selling an additional two million copies. The song won Boone an Academy Award for Best Song in a Motion Picture and a Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year.

After her success with the pop music industry, Boone wanted to take her career in a different direction. She began focusing on country music, and hit number 11 on the charts with her remake of Connie Francis’ My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own. She released “Love Has No Reason” and her single from the album “Are You on the Road to Lovin’ Me Again”, landed Boone a spot in the historic Top 5 on the Billboard Country Chart, where all the Top 5 spots where held by women during the week ending on April 19, 1980. She released Savin’ It Up in 1981 and produced two more country singles from the album, it was the last time she was charted on either the Billboard AC or Country Charts.

Boone’s career has taken many turns, including penning an autobiography, Debby Boone So Far in 1981. She toured the United States with the stage adaption of the film Seven Brides For Seven Brothers before it opened on Broadway in 1982, and continued her theatre work in many nationwide stage productions, as well as returning to New York City to perform as Maria in The Sound of Music in 1990 and Rizzo in Grease in 1996. She has been featured occasionally on television musical specials and has made guest appearances in shows, such as Step By Step and Baywatch Nights.

She turned her musical career to Christian music and won two Grammys, one of them for her albums “With My Song…I Will Praise Him and Surrender.” Boone also recorded several albums including a duet with her mother-in-law, Rosemary Clooney.

Boone devotes herself first as a mother to her four children and wife to her husband, Gabriel Ferrer. She collaborated on several children’s books with Ferrer, in which he illustrated. She also released two children’s videos of sing-a-long songs.

Once her children were grown, Boone revived her career in 2005 and released “Reflections Of Rosemary,” which was a tribute to Clooney. It features songs performed by Clooney and songs that Boone felt portrayed her as a person. This accomplished musician will keep audiences entertained.

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