Pop singer Patti Page
birth name: Clara Ann Fowler

Patti Page

November 8, 1927, Muskogee, OK ~ January 1, 2013, Encinitas, CA

“I was a kid from Oklahoma who never wanted to be a singer, but was told I could sing,” she said in a 1999 interview. “And things snowballed.” ~ The Telegraph: Patti Page Obituary ~ January 2, 2013 © The Telegraph

Unlike most pop music singers, Page blended the styles of country music into many of her most popular songs. By doing this, many of Page's singles also made the Billboard Country Chart. Towards the 1970s, Page shifted her career towards country music, and she began charting on the country charts, up until 1982. Page is one of the few vocalists who have made the country charts in five separate decades. When rock & roll music became popular during the second half of the 1950s, traditional pop music was becoming less popular. Page was one of the few traditional pop music singers who was able to sustain her success, continuing to have major hits into the mid-1960s. ~ Wikipedia: Patti Page ~ retrieved November 6, 2013 © Wikipedia

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She began singing professionally at a radio station in Tulsa and took weekend gigs on the side. (After being billed as Patti Page for a program sponsored by Page Milk, she decided to take the name even after leaving.) Page toured the country with a band led by Jimmy Joy and ended up in Chicago by 1947, where she sang in a small-group outing by Benny Goodman and gained a recording contract with Mercury. Her first hit, ‘Confess,’ came that same year and made her the first pop artist to overdub harmony vocals onto her own lead. After a few more successes, Page gained her first million-seller in 1950 for ‘With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming,’ which cashed in on the novelty effect of overdubbing (the added touch came with listing it as “the Patti Page Quartet”). Also in 1950, ‘All My Love’ became her first number one hit and spent several weeks at the top. That same year produced the biggest hit of her career, ‘The Tennessee Waltz.’ Notched at number one for months, it eventually became one of the best-selling singles of all time and prompted no less than six Top 40 covers during the following year. ~ Allmusic: Patti Page ~ retrieved November 6, 2013© Allmusic

Patti Page ~ Awarded a 2013 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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