Patti Page, 1958
We lost someone special yesterday. She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s and one of the best known female traditional pop artists of all time, “The Singin’ Rage, Miss Patti Page!” She, unlike most singers of Pop music, blended styles of country music into many of her popular songs. This enabled her music to climb high atop the Billboard Country Chart as well. When Rock and Roll became popular, traditional pop music became less so. Page was one of the few pop singers who sustained her success and continued to belt out major hits into the mid 1960s. The 1970s saw Patti shift her career towards country music and chart the country charts until 1982. Patti’s signature song was the Tennessee Waltz, recorded in 1950. It was one of the biggest selling singles of the 20th century and one of two official state songs of Tennessee. Page was due to be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in February. She was 85 years old. Goodbye, Patti.