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Patti Page Dead — ‘Tennessee Waltz’ Singer Dies At 85

Thu, January 3, 2013 7:46am EDT by Dory Larrabee 2 Comments
Patti Page Dead

One of the best selling artists of all time died in Encinitas, Cali. on Jan. 1. She was 85 years old — so sad.

Singer Patti Page, best known for her song “Tennessee Waltz,” died on Tuesday, Jan. 1 7 at her home at the Seacrest Village Retirement Communities in Encinitas, Cali. 

Patti emerged just after World War II and was critiqued as being “bland” and “plastic,” but her fans disagreed, and helped her sell over 100 million records.

In 1950, Patti sold 10 million copies of her most famous song “Tennessee Waltz.” The song was a hit for all genres — topping the pop, country and R&B charts.

In 1952, Patti released her song “Doggie In The Window,” but it did not have the same commercial success.

Although the Grammy Awards were not introduced until 1959, Patti won a Grammy nearly 50 years into her career — in 1999 — for Live at Carnegie Hall.

Patti also had a Broadway musical based on her life called, “Flipside: The Patti Page Story.”

Patti’s Personal Life

Patti was her stage name, as she was born Clara Ann Fowler in Oklahoma on Nov. 8, 1927. She was one of 11 children.

Patti married Hollywood choreographer Charles O’Curran in 1956, but they divorced in 1972. Her second marriage was to Jerry Filiciotto, a retired aerospace engineer, and together they started a maple syrup company in New Hampshire. He died in 2009. Patti leaves behind one son, one daughter and multiple grandchildren.

Patti was praised for being demure, innocent and a nice girl. In 1998, she told The New York Times, “I’m sure there are a lot of things I should have done differently. But I don’t think I’ve stepped on anyone along the way. If I have, I didn’t mean to.”

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— Dory Larrabee

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