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Legendary singer Pat Boone has brought together a host of stars across the musical spectrum to pay tribute to “America’s Pastor,” 86-year-old evangelist Billy Graham.

The all-star lineup of artists and speakers on the video includes Lee Ann Rimes, Kenny Rogers, Michael McDonald, Larry King, Andraé Crouch, and others. Boone was particularly thrilled when U2 frontman Bono, who gives the opening monologue on the tribute, agreed to participate.“I said, ‘I think it’s time Boone-o met Bono,’” Boone told RTE.ie. Collaborating alongside gospel producer David Pack and country singer Billy Dean, Boone wrote “Thank You, Billy Graham” in light of Graham’s last American crusade, which will be begin tonight and last until Sunday at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY.“I was surprised that no one had thought to pay tribute in music to this great man before and I knew it was time,” Boone noted. “He has brought so many people across the world closer to God. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.” “Thank You Billy Graham,” which releases to radio outlets today in conjunction with the crusade, will be featured on the 71-year-old Boone’s upcoming album Glory Train, which is due out in September. The album is one of five that Boone plans to release this year and next year to commemorate the end of his 50-year career in music.

Pat Boone's Glory Train was recorded in 1977 when he was with Motown Records. The label considered the album "too gospel," as Boone had covered songs by leading Christian artists of the day, including Keith Green, Randy Matthews and Chris Christian. The master tapes were eventually lost, but more than 20 years later someone found them while cleaning out a closet. After a careful restoration process, all of the material was successfully digitized. Boone decided to add a tribute to Billy Graham, and the project was ready for release, almost three decades after the original recording sessions. Thank You Billy Graham opens the album, and a video of that song only is also included as a bonus DVD disc. The track begins with an introduction by U2's Bono and includes a spoken word tribute from talk show host Larry King, admittedly non-Christian, but an admirer of Graham's ministry nonetheless. Listed vocal contributions to the song range from DC Talk, John Elefante and Vestal Goodman to Kenny Rogers, Leanne Rhymes (LeAnn Rimes), Marty Stuart and Jeffrey Osborne. The second song is a heartfelt prayer called Come And Take Me Home, written by non other than Chuck Woolery--yes, Mr. Love Connection himself. It turns out that he was a musician before he became famous as a matchmaker, and even reached the Top 40 in the 60s. Keith Green's Ways of The World, Randy Matthews' It Took a Carpenter, Janny's Bread Upon The Waters and Mike Deasy's Wings of An Eagle are a few other songs that will be familiar to the few of us who listened to Christian music in the 70s. Glory Train takes us on an enjoyable ride back through time, yet most of the songs prove themselves to be timeless by remaining relevant for us today. Pat Boone's first hit record came out half a century ago, but he's still going strong, and even though Glory Train was mostly recorded long ago, his vocals on Thank You Billy Graham show that Daddy Whitebucks can still perform at a number one level.

- Mencon Ministries


Pat Boone And Friends Say 'Thank You, Billy Graham'

Legendary singer Pat Boone has brought together a host of stars across the musical spectrum to pay tribute to “America’s Pastor,” 86-year-old evangelist Billy Graham.


The all-star lineup of artists and speakers on the video includes Lee Ann Rimes, Kenny Rogers, Michael McDonald, Larry King, Andraé Crouch, and others. Boone was particularly thrilled when U2 frontman Bono, who gives the opening monologue on the tribute, agreed to participate.“I said, ‘I think it’s time Boone-o met Bono,’” Boone told RTE.ie. Collaborating alongside gospel producer David Pack and country singer Billy Dean, Boone wrote “Thank You, Billy Graham” in light of Graham’s last American crusade, which will be begin tonight and last until Sunday at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY.“I was surprised that no one had thought to pay tribute in music to this great man before and I knew it was time,” Boone noted. “He has brought so many people across the world closer to God. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.” “Thank You Billy Graham,” which releases to radio outlets today in conjunction with the crusade, will be featured on the 71-year-old Boone’s upcoming album Glory Train, which is due out in September. The album is one of five that Boone plans to release this year and next year to commemorate the end of his 50-year career in music. BooneGlory Train: The Lost Sessions2005 Oak Records(13 songs, 46:42) Mencon MinistriesBy Randy Brandt (September 4, 2005) Pat Boone's Glory Train was recorded in 1977 when he was with Motown Records. The label considered the album "too gospel," as Boone had covered songs by leading Christian artists of the day, including Keith Green, Randy Matthews and Chris Christian. The master tapes were eventually lost, but more than 20 years later someone found them while cleaning out a closet. After a careful restoration process, all of the material was successfully digitized. Boone decided to add a tribute to Billy Graham, and the project was ready for release, almost three decades after the original recording sessions. Thank You Billy Graham opens the album, and a video of that song only is also included as a bonus DVD disc. The track begins with an introduction by U2's Bono and includes a spoken word tribute from talk show host Larry King, admittedly non-Christian, but an admirer of Graham's ministry nonetheless. Listed vocal contributions to the song range from DC Talk, John Elefante and Vestal Goodman to Kenny Rogers, Leanne Rhymes (LeAnn Rimes), Marty Stuart and Jeffrey Osborne. The second song is a heartfelt prayer called Come And Take Me Home, written by non other than Chuck Woolery--yes, Mr. Love Connection himself. It turns out that he was a musician before he became famous as a matchmaker, and even reached the Top 40 in the 60s. Keith Green's Ways of The World, Randy Matthews' It Took a Carpenter, Janny's Bread Upon The Waters and Mike Deasy's Wings of An Eagle are a few other songs that will be familiar to the few of us who listened to Christian music in the 70s. Glory Train takes us on an enjoyable ride back through time, yet most of the songs prove themselves to be timeless by remaining relevant for us today. Pat Boone's first hit record came out half a century ago, but he's still going strong, and even though Glory Train was mostly recorded long ago, his vocals on Thank You Billy Graham show that Daddy Whitebucks can still perform at a number one level.
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“THANK YOU, BILLY GRAHAM.” PAYING TRIBUTE TO “AMERICA’S PASTOR”

Bono, Lee Ann Rimes, Kenny Rogers, Larry King Michael McDonald and more join Boone to celebrate Graham’s work

On the eve of what might prove to be Billy Graham’s final crusade, legendary musician Pat Boone has brought together some of the brightest stars from across the musical spectrum to create a moving tribute to the legendary 86-year old evangelist’s life and work. Boone’s labor of love, “Thank You, Billy Graham,” inspired the participation of musical artists from various genres including pop, country and gospel. A portion of proceeds from the recording will benefit Mercy Corps and Samaritan’s Purse, two charitable organizations dedicated to relieving poverty around the world.

The tribute video performance opens with Bono’s perspective lauding Graham’s global influence and then rolls into a stunning montage highlighting his impressive career and the notable figures who have looked to him for spiritual guidance. The song itself is reminiscent of “We Are The World” with such vocalists as Andre Crouch, Kenny Rogers, LeeAnn Rimes, and Michael McDonald, among others, handling verses and the entire ensemble joining on the indelible chorus, “He heard the word, felt the call, sent a message to us all. Thank you, Billy Graham.”

The lead track on Boone’s upcoming gospel release, Glory Train: The Lost Tapes, Boone penned “Thank You, Billy Graham” with David Pack and Billy Dean. It precedes Graham’s upcoming crusade in New York City, June 24 through 26, his first in the region since 1991. Originally scheduled to be held at Madison Square Garden, ticket demand outstripped capacity and the event was relocated to Flushing Meadows to accommodate the anticipated crowds.

Boone’s relationship with Graham began in the 1950’s when they met at a big Christian award gala. A deep admirer prior to their meeting, Graham and Boone developed a close friendship based on their mutual dedication to God. Reflecting on his relationship with Graham and inspiration for this homage, Pat notes, “I was surprised that no one had thought to pay tribute in music to this great man before and I knew it was time.” He continues, “He has brought so many people across the world closer to God. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”