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Patti Page, '50s Pop Star, Dies at 85

Patti Page, '50s Pop Star, Dies at 85
Patti Page, one of the most successful pop stars of the '50s - famed for hits such as "Tennessee Waltz" and "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" - died on Tuesday in Encinitas, Calif., the New York Times reports. She was 85. Seacrest VIllage Retirement Communities, where she lived, confirmed her death to the Times on Wednesday. Page's songs sold millions - "Tennessee Waltz" spent months atop the pop, country and R&B charts and sold a total of 10 million copies - but her singing style and sentimental hits, though favored by the public, did not always receive critical praise.
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Patti Page, "Tennessee Waltz" Singer, Dead at 85

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Patti Page, best known for such hits as "Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window," passed away on New Year's Day. She was 85. The legendary songstress, dubbed "The Singing Rage," was the top-selling female artist of the 1950s and sold more than 100 million records during her illustrious career. Page also had 24 top 10 songs, including four that reached No.1 on the charts. Born Clara Ann Fowler in 1927, Page also found success on TV with various programs, including The Patti Page Show. Page not only won a Grammy Award in 1999 for traditional pop vocal performance for Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert, but she was slated to receive a...
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'Tennesee Waltz' singer Patti Page dies at 85

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Patti Page, a singer and actress best known for her hugely successful recording of "Tennessee Waltz," has died at the age of 85. According to her publicist, Page died on Tuesday (Jan. 1).

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
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'Tennessee Waltz' Singer Dies At 85

'Tennessee Waltz' Singer Dies At 85
Patti Page, who made "Tennessee Waltz" one of the best-selling recordings ever, has died. She was 85.

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.
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