'Tennesee Waltz' singer Patti Page dies at 85
While she was the top-selling female singer of the 1950s, Page's full career spanned seven decades of music. Her first big song, "Confess," was released in 1947, Page won a Grammy award (for traditional pop vocal performance at the "Live at Carnegie Hall -- The 50th Anniversary Concert"), and she was due to receive a lifetime achievement award from The Recording Academy in Feb. 2013.
Neil Portnow of the Recording Academy released a statement following Page's death in which he stated: "Our industry has lost a remarkable talent and a true gift."
Page's biggest hits were also among the highest-selling records of the 1950s. "Tennessee Waltz" was first released by Patti Page in 1950, as a B-side to a Christmas record. The record eventually sold more than 10 million copies, making Page the highest-selling artist after Bing Crosby. Tennessee eventually adopted the tune as one of its official state songs.
Her other big hits included "Doggie in the Window," ''Mockin' Bird Hill," ''Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte," "Allegheny Moon" and "You Never Looked That Good When You Were Mine."
Outside of the world of music, Page found success on television and in film. She hosted multiple variety shows on all of the major networks (including "The Patti Page Show" and acted in several movies throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
Born in 1927 as Clara Ann Fowler, Page changed her name to match a sponsored singing job in her early career. She is survived by her son Daniel O'Curran, daughter Kathleen Ginn and sister Peggy Layton.