The Singin’ Rage, Miss Patti Page, famed country singer of the 40s, 50s and 60s, died in Encinitas on New Year’s Day. Page initially found fame for her rendition of “Tennessee Waltz” in 1950 – it hit #1 on the Billboard charts; the first of 111 (yeah, you read that right) hits of Patti’s that would chart over her lifetime.
“Page, who was to be honored by the Recording Academy in a pre-Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony on Feb. 9, was one of the top-selling female singers in history with more than 100 million record sales. She 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 was also the first singer to have television programs on all three major networks.” -CBS News
Page recorded a staggering total of over 50 live, studio and compilation albums – these included 19 gold and 14 platinum-selling singles. She leaves behind a musical legacy that may never be topped. Here’s an alternate version of the song she became well-known for, “Tennessee Waltz.”
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