Patti Page (November 8, 1927 - January 1, 2013) was a traditional pop singer with a silky-smooth, sweet voice who is most famous for her signature song, "Tennessee Waltz" (1950). Her style is mostly country-infused traditional pop, with some jazz elements in many of her songs as was common for traditional pop bands and artists in the 1940s and early 1950s. Besides "Tennessee Waltz," her very long list of hits also included "All My Love" (1950), "I Went To Your Wedding" (1952), "The Doggie In The Window" (1953), "Let Me Go, Lover!" (1954), "Allegheny Moon" (1956), "Old Cape Cod" (1957), and "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (1965).
Patti Page was born Clara Ann Fowler in Claremore, OK. Her family lived in several cities in Oklahoma before finally settling in Tulsa, where she graduated from high school in 1945. She got her start in music at 18 singing on a radio program on KTUL, Tulsa. This program was sponsored by the Page Milk Co., and she was dubbed "Patti Page," after the milk company. During the mid to late 1940s, she toured with the Jimmy Joy Band and sang with Benny Goodman's band. In 1948, she debuted on the pop charts with "Confess."
Patti Page's fame started taking off in 1950 with "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming," her first million-selling single. Shortly thereafter, she had her first #1 hit with "All My Love." She then topped the Billboard Pop charts and reached #2 on the Billboard Country charts with "Tennessee Waltz," a song which became, and has remained, her signature song. Although this country-pop classic was also covered by many other bands and artists, Page's rendition is considered to be the definitive version and is one of the top selling songs of all time. She continued her long string of hits on the Billboard Pop/Rock and Adult Contemporary charts through the early 1970s and had hits on the Billboard Country charts through 1982. Fifteen of her songs became gold records. Page was also the first recording artist to provide backing vocals to her own songs.
Patti Page was the top selling female singer of the 1950s, and she remains one of the biggest selling female recording artists of all time. Over the years, she made numerous TV appearances and had her own TV show in the late 1950s. This Grammy-award winning singer recorded over 100 albums, with four gold, and she also received many other awards and accolades that include a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her long and distinguished career spanned over seven decades, and she continued to tour and perform to well into the 21st century.
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