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Here is the beginning of Patti Page's obituary in The New York Times:

Patti Page, the apple-cheeked, honey-voiced alto whose sentimental, soothing, sometimes silly hits like “Tennessee Waltz,”“Old Cape Cod” and“(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window” made her one of the most successful pop singers of the 1950s, died on Tuesday in Encinitas, Calif. She was 85. (Continue Reading...)
The Wall Street Journal offers an interesting piece on Page, who was born Clara Ann Fowler and grew up in the Tulsa area. Page -- known as "that singing rage, Patti Page" -- pioneered overdubbing and accompanied herself on some tunes.

Tennessee Waltz undoubtedly was the high point of Page's long career. Writes Chris Talbott at Huffington Post:

"Tennessee Waltz" scored the rare achievement of reaching No. 1 on the pop, country and R&B charts simultaneously and was officially adopted as one of two official songs by the state of Tennessee. Its reach was so powerful, six other artists reached the charts the following year with covers. (Continue Reading...)
None of the obits cited Page as a musical genius or unique. The clip of Tennessee Waltz, which is above, shows that she had a very pretty voice. Below is (How Much is That) Doggie in the Window? It is, as the name implies, a cute novelty song.

Originally posted to cweinsch on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:49 AM PST.

Also republished by An Ear for Music.

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  •  A shout out to Les Paul is in order here! (2+ / 0-)
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    JKTownsend, cweinsch

    Les Paul commissioned the manufacturing of the first multi-track recorder, and was the first musician to use it. He did so in conjunction with many songs composed with his wife, singer Mary Ford.

    Patti Page was the first to use muti-track recording to over-dub her own voice, but the multi-tracking technique she used was one pioneered by Paul. I am surprised that these stories covering this aspect of her career do not pull in the Les Paul angle in more detail.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:31:28 AM PST

  •  Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... gives a shout-out to Patti Page in his paean to nostalgia, "Disney Girls (1957)" -- about the 1:42 mark:

    Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me, "how good, how good does it feel to be free? " And I answer them most mysteriously, "are birds free from the chains of the skyway? " (Bob Dylan)

    by JKTownsend on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 09:52:10 AM PST

  •  I talked to (1+ / 0-)
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    a few guys last night who had worked with her.

    No - she was no Ella Fitzgerald.  She was not an innovator or a stylist.  But she was a solid musician, and thoroughly professional.  They all said she was a pleasure to work with.  She knew her music, could read well, knew what key the song was in and stayed there.  She preferred melody to improvisation, and tended not to wander around trying to 'do something new'.

    Compare that to way too many of the auto-tuned nitwits out there making big bucks and ... I'll stick with Ms. Page.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:37:00 AM PST

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