Jan 2, 2013
Patti Page's cause of death made the superstar die suddenly, and she was spared from suffering as she quickly passed away. The exact cause is being determined by medical authorities.
She was born Clara Ann Fowler on November 8, 1927 in Oklahoma to a poor family with no electricity. She grew up to be Patti Page, one of the most successful singers who ever lived, and she died a beloved California legend.
Patti Page, along with the music industry, made a massive fortune from a powerful tsunami of million-sellers, which included the hit singles:
"Confess," "So in Love," "Money, Marbles, and Chalk," "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming," "All My Love (Bolero)," "I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine," "Back in Your Own Backyard," "Tennessee Waltz," "Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)," "Mockin' Bird Hill," "Mister and Mississippi," "And So to Sleep Again", "Detour," "I Went to Your Wedding," "You Belong to Me," "Come What May," "Once In a While," "Why Don't You Believe Me" "(How Much Is That) Doggie In the Window" "Changing Partners," "Cross Over the Bridge," "Steam Heat," "Let Me Go Lover," "Croce di Oro," "Allegheny Moon." "A Poor Man's Roses (Or a Rich Man's Gold)," "Old Cape Cod" "You'll Answer to Me," "Mom and Dad's Waltz," "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte," "You Can't Be True, Dear," "Gentle On My Mind," "Little Green Apples," "Almost Persuaded," "Stand by Your Man," "I Wish I Had a Mommy Like You," "Give Him Love," "Hello, We're Lonely," "I May Not Be Lovin' You," "Less Than the Song," "No Aces" and "My Man Friday."
Those are just some of the 80 hit songs from Patti Page's 65-year career during which she sold 114 million records and earned worldwide fame --- along with respect and loyalty from the entertainment industry.
She was the first popular singer in history to overdub her own vocals and, as a pop superstar, Patti Page also shot up the country music charts in five different decades.
A megastar long before the term was coined, she was extraordinarily famous in the extreme.
The acclaimed singer was the top-selling female recording artist for the entire decade of the 1950s and the woman who rivaled Elvis Presley.
Elvis was King. Patti was Queen.
As a celebrity musician, she was a bankable gold mine who experienced public demand at stratospheric levels that no female recording artist had ever faced before.
The world was completely at her feet.
Page was so incredibly popular that she starred in THREE of her own TV shows, "The Patti Page Show," "The Big Record" and "The Patti Page Olds Show," in addition to her acting roles on other television programs and in Hollywood movies like the box office smash, Elmer Gantry.
In the 1990s, Patti Page launched her own record label. She then recorded the first LIVE album of her career, Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert, which earned the senior citizen the Grammy Award that shocked longtime fans into tears of joy.
In the 21st century, Page released the popular album, Brand New Tennessee Waltz. All the way into 2012, Patti Page performed sold-out concert tours as a golden-voiced octogenarian.
Before Patti Page died at 85 in the Southern California city of Encinitas, she was the host of a weekly music radio program that capitalized on her multi-generational popularity and massive fan base.
It was with Patti Page that the modern era of the female international pop superstar began.
A legend among legends, Patti Page's career as a musician lasted through the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.
Without question, that is an unprecedented and unsurpassed accomplishment for anyone --- male or female.
An indelible figure in the history of music, Patti Page will be honored with a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award next month, and rightly so. Once again, longtime fans will be moved to tears.
The late, great Patti Page is survived by her two children, son Danny and daughter Kathleen, along with countless friends and fans around the world who mourn the death of Patti Page.
Fans will certainly cry during the following music video. Indeed, the unmatched voice of a great woman has been forever silenced.
Patti Page 1927-2013