One of the true legends of popular music, Patti Page, died on New Year’s Day in Encinitas, California. She was 85 years old. Page is survived by her son, Daniel O’Curran, daughter, Kathleen Ginn and sister, Peggy Layton.
Born Clara Ann Fowler, Page was a pop icon and the biggest-selling female artist of the 1950s, with a legacy and influence that crossed generations. During her remarkable recording career, she had a staggering 111 chart hits, including pop classics like “(How Much Is That) Doggie In the Window,” “Old Cape Cod,” and “Tennessee Waltz,” which became a #1 hit concurrently on all three charts. Page recorded 50 albums, with 19 gold and 14 platinum singles. She was a regular on the music and variety shows of television’s Golden Age and was the only musical performer in history to have her own series on all three major networks. Page was awarded the Living Legend Award from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music. She has stars on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Country Music Walk of Fame, and earned a Grammy for her CD “Patti Page Live at Carnegie Hall–the 50th Anniversary Concert.” Most recently, The Recording Academy announced that she was a recipient of their Special Merit Awards as a Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. She was looking forward to attending the invitation-only ceremony for the award on February 9th.
No funeral arrangements have been made at this time.
A dear friend of Patti’s, George Jones remembers…
I just loved singing with Patti and she hit notes I never dreamed of! We cut some songs together and it was a great time. She’ll be missed by lots of folks and everybody needs to know how great she was. Patti was a wonderful singer with a real special voice.”
– George Jones
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