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1/3/13 at 11:55 AM 0 Comments

Patti Page Dedicated Her Life to Using "The Voice God Gave Me"

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Patti Page, singer of 50's hits "Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much is That) Doggie in the Window," passed away Tuesday according to the Associated Press.

Born Clara Ann Fowler on Nov. 8, 1927, her singing career began when she became the regular Patti Page singer for a 15-minute radio segment sponsored by Page Milk Co. She continued to sing, tour and record music with that name well into the 21 century until health problems prompted her to slow down.

In letter penned last year to fans, Page wrote "Although I feel I still have the voice God gave me, physical impairments are preventing me from using that voice as I had for so many years." She continued. "It is only He who knows what the future holds."

Page became a break out hit after band leader Jack Rael heard Page singing on the radio in 1947 and became her manager. Her first hits "Confess" and "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming" led to her best-selling record "Tennessee Waltz." The song reached the top of Billboard's Pop, Country and R&B charts, becoming its number one song for 16 weeks in 1950. The record sold more than 10 million copies.

The Oklahoma native recorded over 100 albums and 1,000 songs in her career; 84 of those tunes broke Billboard's Top 40 chart according the Tulsa World.

The Tulsa world also reported that Page was "inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 1997."

Page was awarded the the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Living Legend Award in 2002 and was slated to receive the Grammy Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award in February.

Page died in a California nursing home. She survived her late husband Jerry Filiciotto and was survived by son Daniel O'Curran, daughter Kathleen Ginn and sister Peggy Layton.

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