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Bill Lamb

Remembering Patti Page

By January 3, 2013

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Patti Page

Two days ago we lost one of the top pop legends of all time. Patti Page passed away at the age of 85. She was the bestselling female recording artist of the 1950s selling over 100 million records. Her signature recording "Tennessee Waltz" was released in 1950 as the B-side to a Christmas record. However, it eventually sold 10 million copies becoming one of the bestselling singles of all time and spending 13 weeks at the top of the pop charts. Other key recordings in the career of Patti Page were "(How Much Is That) Doggie In the Window," "Mockin' Bird Hill," "Let Me Go Lover," and "Allegheny Moon." "Tennessee Waltz" crossed over from the pop charts to reach #2 on the country chart. As rock music took over the pop charts, Patti Page evolved into primarily an adult contemporary artist in the late 1960s, and then in the 1970s she returned to the country charts for another decade of success. Her 1998 album Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal. It was Patti Page's first Grammy Award. In February she will receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously.

  • Watch Patti Page sing "(How Much Is That) Doggie In the Window"

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