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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 8 November 1927Claremore, Oklahoma, USA
Date of Death 1 January 2013Encinitas, California, USA
Birth NameClara Ann Fowler
Nickname The Singing Rage
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Patti Page was born Clara Ann Fowler in Oklahoma in 1927. She began her professional singing career at KTUL, a Tulsa radio station. Since the program was sponsored by Page Milk, she adopted the moniker Patti Page, and it stuck. Patti toured the US in the late 1940s with Jimmy Joy, and notably sang with the Benny Goodman band in Chicago. In 1950 she recorded "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming", her first platinum-selling record. In 1951 her rendition of "The Tennessee Waltz" became the biggest hit of her career. It was #1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for 30 weeks; over the years it would sell 10 million copies. Patti was the best-selling female vocalist of the 1950s, and was wildly popular all through the 1960s. She got national exposure on TV shows, appearing on such top-rated television programs as The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (1965). In 1968 she recorded what some consider her signature song, "Have a Little Faith and Love Will Come to You." Patti continued to thrill fans for decades. In 1999 she received a Grammy for her "Live at Carnegie Hall" album, a compilation from her 50th-anniversary concert. Patti has millions of fans, and we can live by the words of her famous song: "Beyond the clouds the sky is always blue / Have a little faith and love will come to you."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: April Nyree Dawn

Spouse (3)

Jerome Joseph Filiciotto (12 May 1990 - 18 April 2009) (his death)
Charles O'Curran (28 December 1956 - 20 June 1972) (divorced) (2 children)
Jack Skiba (May 1948 - 1949) (divorced)

Trivia (17)

Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1991.
Best known for her 1951 million-selling country and pop smash "The Tennessee Waltz."
One of 11 children.
Performed on radio station KTUL in Tulsa, Okla., as part of Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws (using her birth name, Fowler); also peforming on the show was a singer billed as "Patti Page" for the Page Milk Co. When that performer left, Fowler took her place and name.
Known for her silky voice and almost chaste style, Patti shrugged and said that's what people wanted from her.
Patti and her second husband have temporary guardianship over two of her daughter's young children.
Recorded more than 100 albums and 160 singles (84 of which made Billboard's "top 40") and has three certified gold albums and fifteen gold singles.
In 1957, she was deemed favorite female vocalist in the first nationwide audience poll taken on Dick Clark's New American Bandstand 1965 (1952).
Adopted two children, Kathleen and Danny, during her marriage to Hollywood choreographer Charles O'Curran, who was best known for staging the dance numbers of many of Elvis Presley's early films. She moved her children to Rancho Santa Fe, California following their divorce.
Played Carnegie Hall for the first time on May 31, 1997. Captured on CD, "Patti Page Live at Carnegie Hall - the 50th Anniversary Concert" earned the singer her first Grammy Award.
In spite of the British invasion, she made a "top 10" record in 1965 with the title song for Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), the "grand guignol" chiller starring Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. She performed the nominated song on the broadcast of The 37th Annual Academy Awards (1965).
Played and recorded with legendary Nashville session guitar player Hank Garland.
You can hear her gentle remark to "Go, Hank!" when legendary guitarist Hank Garland played a dazzling solo on her Nashville recording of 'Just Because".
Is mentioned, by name, in the lyrics of Bruce Johnston's "Disney Girls", from The Beach Boys' album, "Surf's Up" (1971).
Has a street named after her in Claremore, Oklahoma, where she was born. Highway 20 running up to Oologah, which is the birthplace of' Will Rogers', is also known as Patti Page Blvd.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6760 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Appears as one of the passengers in a boat in the 1961 Elvis Presley film, Blue Hawaii (1961), which was choreographed by her then-husband, Charles O'Curran.

Personal Quotes (3)

I kept singing. Your voice dries up if you don't use it. And I can still do it. I stopped smoking 30 years ago, and if I were still smoking, believe me, I would not be singing.
What I like about singing is that, for me, it's a substitute for the psychiatrist's couch. I can tell it all in song: pathos, gladness, love, joy, unhappiness. Each song, you're telling a story and acting.
A lot of the music, and especially rap, I don't understand. As for [today's] pop stars, I never had the occasion to listen. I never felt it warranted my attention."

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