Skip to comments.Singer Patti Page Dies in Encinitas
Posted on 01/02/2013 10:27:49 AM PST by Borges
One of America's musical icons, Grammy-Award winner Patti Page, has died at a nursing home in Encinitas according to her personal manager. In her seven-decade recording career, Page sold more than 100 million records making her one of the most successful female recording artists. Page performed all over the world and was often asked to sing her biggest-selling record, "The Tennessee Waltz" which she recorded in 1951. Others know her as the voice behind the recording "(How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window." Page, whose real name was Clara Ann Fowler, died Tuesday night at the age of 85 according to staffers at the Seacrest Village nursing home in Encinitas. The singer called Rancho Santa Fe her home for the last four decades. She was set to be honored with a life-time achievement award at the Grammys in February.
How sad - I have her How Much Is That Doggie In The Window on 78 that I play on my Victrola. Great voice - Rest in Peace Patti!
What’s an ‘inger’?
That Doggie In The Window is now 1 trillion dollars when indexed to inflation.
Geez....I can remember as a boy in 1955 I’d hear her on the radio. I even took the radio (a plug-in tube model) to bed with me one night under the covers and I can remember her singing on it.
I remember it very well. My dad found it when checking on me and tanned by ass pretty good. “Boy, you could start a fire like that - you could die a horrible death.....and all that”... I remember it very well....
Sad day. Prayers to her family. Page recorded “Happy Birthday Jesus” in 1967. That tells me a lot about her.
“Patti Page the singing Rage.” How sad that she’ll miss her honorary reward in February. God bless her sweet soul.
My dear, sweet departed mother loved her singing.
BUMP. I still have my mother’s 78 rpm of the song and her Victrola.
I’m sorry to hear this.
Rest in peace, Pretty Patti Page.
She was from Claremore, OK.
I remember her sister ran a boarding house in Tulsa.
I grew up with my mom singing her songs to me.
**** Page performed all over the world and was often asked to sing her biggest-selling record, “The Tennessee Waltz” which she recorded in 1951.****
From what I have read, “Tennessee Waltz” was the flip side of the main release called “Boogie-Woogie Santa Clause”.
Everyone liked the flip side better.
85 is beginning to sound young to me since I have a 95 year old mother. Always liked Patti and her name brings back fond memories of a nicer time.
I really, really enjoyed that song “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?” She will be missed. RIP.
My grandparents sang that song to me over Page’s voice when I was a kid, some 40 years ago.
I often wonder how singers like Patti, or Nat Cole, Ella or Frank would fare today on a show like “The Voice”.
My mother also loved her singing. I remember hearing the Tennessee Waltz when I was very young. Also How Much Is That Doggie In The Window!
They wouldn’t even make the initial cut...”not edgy enough,” or “sexual enough.”
After he “tanned your ass” you shoulda said “Dad, you could start a fire like that....!!”
Wow, most boys get caught with something a little more risque under their covers than Patti Page singing on a warm radio.
Went to see her back in the early 60s’ down in Virginia. I was naught but a very young lad (4 or 5 or so?) - All I seem to remember is her beautiful curly hair and how happy the audience was listening to her.
Christina Arugula or what ever her name is would say Ella Fitzgerald is “pitchy” when she starts to scat sing.
Actually, I think any of the above would have fared pretty well vocally, but The Voice is a pressure cooker that measures other things as well. It's one of the few programs of that type that both my wife and I really like, because it's really quite a positive show. The judges aren't snarky, and seem to genuinely care about the competitors, even if the folks are not on "their" team. They had some amazing talent on this year. You know it's good, when you'd be totally o.k. with any of the final four walking away with it.
More my parents’ generation than mine, but I have memories as a tyke of my mom puttering around the house humming or singing “Tennessee Waltz”. Rest in peace, Patti Page.
"The Tennessee Waltz" was actually recorded in 1950. Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys also scored with the tune in 1948--you can hear it here.
That picture reminds me of this song:
With my eyes wide open i’m dreaming
I drive on Patti page Blvd. Everyday....she is an icon in claremore. She will be missed.
Now that you mention it, I also remember her singing “The Tennessee Waltz”!!! Thank you so much for the sweet memory!
Patti Page Blvd is a major street in downtown Claremore, OK. It was her hometown along with Will Rogers.
I remember being a young girl playing with paperdolls and listening to Patti Page on the radio while I played. Very sad news for me and wishes of condolences to her family.
At my wedding in 1966 the song for our first dance was Old Cape Cod a song recorded by Patti Page.
Patti’s recording of “Once In Awhile” is my all time favorite song .... it was my high school sweethearts and my ‘Our Song’.
Oh my goodness... she was so beautiful!
I'll remember her for the innovation of over-laying her own voice in order to sing as a quartet on "Old Cape Cod" as well as her smooth, seamless delivery throughout her vocal range.
Patti Page, the Singing Rage, is gone and with her she takes a true popular vocalist tradition in American music that has only been replaced with soulless, auto-tuned crap.
My Dad was from Provincetown and I remember my first 9 hour trip to P-town from Utica, NY the year this song came out, in a Kaiser!
“Actually, I think any of the above would have fared pretty well vocally”
There’s always good voices around and today’s artists like Rihanna* simply fill the role occupied by Patti Page et al in the 50s. And Whitney Houston was functionally her generation’s Ella Fitzgerald except with more nose candy and a less dignified exit.
All of the above could have easily succeeded today except perhaps Sinatra because he mostly got lucky that he escaped WWII with a medical deferment and was the only male singer of consequence for a while.
But man oh man, did the GIs ever hate his guts because he was in Hollywood surrounded by babes while they were sleeping in mud and getting shot at.
And of course I get the distinct feeling that there’s some crotchety old men in this thread who believe that the 50s was a lost golden age of pop music, but really it’s always been a genre of disposable fluff songs that are designed for a shelf life of 5 minutes. That was every bit as true in 1953 as 2013. One of the effects of nostalgia goggles is that we filter out the numerous extremely bad music acts of past eras because nobody remembers them anyway.
“Please, spare me from that doggie doo. Page disliked that song even though it was a hit. She considered it a novelty song.”
You could name many dozens of artists who’s biggest hit was a song they didn’t want to record.
“Patti Page, the Singing Rage, is gone and with her she takes a true popular vocalist tradition in American music that has only been replaced with soulless, auto-tuned crap.”
Auto-tuning is a much abused feature today; no one disputes that.
*Does not necessarily reflect my opinion on Rihanna, who is a talentless hack
I often hear Patti Page, the Chordettes, the Four Knights, Joni James and other fifties artists played over the PA system in markets, malls, etc. when I go shopping. Six decades from now, will shoppers be hearing the likes of Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Psy or Snoop Doggie Dogg?
That's just up the road from me if you head north on Long Beach Blvd. Historic Route 6 runs from downtown Long Beach, Calif. to P-Town.
My mom was a member of the RCA victor club. We got pattis records
Tennessee waltz one of my favorite all time songs
I love “Allegheny Moon” What a voice!!! RIP
I believe it’s Provencetown, on Cape Cod/