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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Patti Page Time

Artist: Patti Page
Song: The Wall (b-side) (a-side is A Poor Man's Roses)
Label: Mercury Records 71059X45
Number: YW14652
Songwriters: Diamond - Owens - Dreyer
Time: 1:52
Released: February 4th, 1957

What else can I say about Patti Page but that she's incomparable? Born Clara Ann Fowler, she is known by her professional name and is one of the best-known female artists in traditional pop music. She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s, and has sold over 100 million records to date. Her signature song, Tennessee Waltz, recorded in 1950, was one of the biggest-selling singles of the twentieth century, and spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard magazine's Best-Sellers List in 1950. Today, the song has come close to selling fifteen million copies.
Patti was born on November 8, 1927 in Claremore, Oklahoma, and became a featured singer on a 15-minute radio program on radio station KTUL, Tulsa, Oklahoma at age 18. Page toured with the Jimmy Joy Band throughout the country in the mid-1940s. The band eventually ended up in Chicago, Illinois in 1947. In Chicago, she sang with a small group led by popular orchestra leader, Benny Goodman. This helped her gain her first recording contract with Mercury Records the same year. Page became Mercury Records' "girl singer."
After her popularity began to decline in the 1960's, she left Columbia Records and returned to her old label, Mercury Records and shifted her career towards country music, in 1970. She achieved success in this field, also, singing with the likes of Tom T. Hall, on her #14 Billboard Country Chart hit Hello, We're Lonely, from 1973.
Now in her 80's, Page continues to tour, performing 50 select concerts a year across the United States and Canada. I'd say that if you get a chance to hear her, don't miss it!
Today's record is a catchy little upbeat number entitled The Wall. Patti sings about the developing space between two people in her own unique and inimitable style, so you have to check this one out. Here is the great Patti Page singing The Wall. Not to be confused with the Pink Floyd album of the same name.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your post today. Patti Page continues as a recording artist with a new CD coming out November 25th on Curb Records called "Best Country Songs". It has some of her greatest and a few latest country songs. Patti's memoir "This Is My Song" will also be available online in December and in stores in January.

Thanks for being a fan.

Michael J. Glynn
Personal Manager to Patti Page

Anonymous said...

I did get a chance to See Patti Page 5 or 6 years ago in Guelph Ontario. She was terrific, and I mean it. During her closing number she came out into the audience while singing one of her big hits, and shook hands with everyone, and said a quick hello between bars of the song. What a talented person, and a real lady.


Anonymous said...

Patti Page still the singing rage, I love her music her style and most of the lady she is . Get her new book this is my Song it is the absolute best . Ive seen Patti twice in 2010 and hope to see her more in 2011. a friend Marilyn Sutherland