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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Singing Rage - Miss Patti Page

Artist: Patti Page
Song: Steam Heat (a-side) (b-side is Lonely Days)
Label: Mercury 70380-X45
Number: YW-10344
Songwriters: Adler-Ross
Time: 2:18
Released: 1954

Regular readers of Music For Every Mood well know of my fondness for the singing talents of Miss Patti Page. She has such a versatile voice and uses it to full effect. On records such as The Tennessee Waltz or Old Cape Cod, she was nothing but smooth while she employed her best balladeering voice. For today's song, however, she really cuts loose with a sultry, steamy voice - literally! She still performs regularly, and in fact, if you'd like to see her in concert, be sure to see her in the upcoming appearances below:

February 14th & 15th, 2011
7:30 p.m.
Eric Meyer Civic Center
Gulf Shores, Alabama

April 9th & 10th, 2011
World Premier "Flipside: The Patti Page Story"
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, Oklahoma

The most well-known version of today's song, Steam Heat, was released by Patti Page in 1954. It was featured in the Broadway production of The Pajama Game. Patti's recording of it shot up the Billboard chart on May 26th; it lasted 9 weeks and peaked at #8. With her breathy intonation of the word "steam," backed by Jack Rael and his orchestra, she delivers a performance sure to fog up your reading glasses. Be sure to look Patti up on her website, but not until after you've heard her singing this "hot" number. Download Patti Page as she belts out the classic Steam Heat. It proves once and for all that Miss Page is an American classic.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks for including this lovely lady on your website. She has given so much to her fans through the years and we have no real way of expressing our gratitude. Being a cover girl last Oct. was long overdue!! Thanks again, Suzanne, Sunnyvale, Ca.

HaarFager said...

I'm glad to see there are lots of other fans of Patti's out there! I'd love to see her in Oklahoma in April, but as I'm a professional musician and singer myself, it's hard to get away. It would be nice if other people who do go to her show there, or have attended any of her other shows, post some of their wonderful experiences here.