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Patti Page, beloved "Tennessee Waltz" crooner, dies at 85

By January 3, 2013

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Patti Page, "the Singing Rage" who defined pre-rock pop with "Tennessee Waltz" and "How Much is That Doggie in the Window?" passed away on New Year's Day at the age of 85. Patti, who had 23 Top 10 hits between 1948 and 1965, and whose "Tennessee Waltz" was for many years the second-best-selling record of all time (behind only "White Christmas"), was perhaps the preeminent female crooner of the immediate postwar era. Songs such as "Old Cape Cod" (later the theme to her hit ABC TV show) and "I Went to Your Wedding" endured her to a generation, as did her debut, 1948's "Confess," said to be one of the first examples of vocal overdubbing on a pop record. Page, who moved into a successful country career after she was edged out by rock n' roll, died in a nursing home in Encinitas, California, according to her manager. A profile of Miss Page will be forthcoming.


January 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm
(1) IDLERACER says:

Little known trivia: She was the first person to record a Burt Bacharach tune with vocals. Although THIS is admittedly pretty forgettable, it’s certainly of historical importance.

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