Music legend Patti Page dies at age 85

By Daniel S Levine,

Pop music legend Patti Page has died in Encinitas, Calif. She was 85-years-old.

Page died on New Year’s Day and is survived by her son, Daniel O'Curran; daughter, Kathleen Ginn; and sister, Peggy Layton.

She was born Clara Ann Fowler and became an icon with a string of hits in the 1950s. Her career was highlighted by 111 charted singles, including classics like “(How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window” and “Old Cape Cod.” Her biggest hit was “Tennessee Waltz,” which topped all three charts at the time.

Overall, she recorded 50 albums and had 19 certified gold singles and 14 platinum singles. Page’s career was helped by the Golden Age of Television, making countless appearances on variety shows. She was the only performer to have a series on all three networks.

She also earned several accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Country Music Walk of Fame. Patti Page Live at Carnegie Hall -- the 50th Anniversary Concert earned her a Grammy. She was recently named among the artists who would be honored by the Recording Academy on Feb. 9 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Page was looking forward to attending the event.

Page also made appearances in a couple of films, including Elmer Gantry.

Funeral arrangements were not announced.



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