The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show (1958–1959)
While she was the top-selling female singer of the 1950s, Page's full career spanned seven decades of music. Her first big song, "Confess," was released in 1947, Page won a Grammy award (for traditional pop vocal performance at the "Live at Carnegie Hall -- The 50th Anniversary Concert"), and she was due to receive a lifetime achievement award from The Recording Academy in Feb. 2013.
Neil Portnow of the Recording Academy released a statement following Page's death in which he stated: "Our industry has lost a remarkable talent and a true gift."
Page's biggest hits were also among the highest-selling records of the 1950s. "Tennessee Waltz" was first released by Patti Page in 1950, as a B-side to a Christmas record. The
Page died on New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif., according to her manager.
She was one of the top-selling female singers in history with more than 100 million record sales and created a distinctive sound for the music industry in 1947 by overdubbing her own voice when she didn't have enough money to hire backup singers for the single, "Confess."
She had 24 records in the top 10, including four that reached No. 1. She was also the first singer to have television programs on all three major networks, including "The Patti Page Show" on ABC.