Clara Ann Fowler, a/k/a Patti Page, sang traditional pop and country music. Most of her songs had a distinct country feel, even when they weren’t necessarily country songs, which would figure for a woman from Claremore, Oklahoma. She had 110 singles on Billboard‘s Top Sellers/Pop Singles chart, the Adult Contemporary chart, and the Country Singles chart between 1947 and 1982, but only four reached #1.
She’s best known for “Tennessee Waltz,” which was one of the top-selling singles of the Twentieth Century and is one of Tennessee’s official state songs. It was released in late 1950 and it spent thirteen weeks on the Best Sellers chart, peaking at #1.
“I Went To Your Wedding” was her next #1, from 1952. It entered the charts in August of that year and spent a total of 21 weeks there, and also reached #1 in Australia. The flip side was a cover of Jo Stafford’sw “You Belong To Me,” which was also a hit for her.
Miss Page was one of the few traditional pop singers to maintain her popularity in the rock & roll era. In the 1970’s she shifted her focus to country music and continued to have hits. In 1998 she recorded her only live album at Carnegie Hall and was awarded a Grammy for it that year. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and received a posthumous Grammy “lifetime achievment” award in 2013.
Patti Page, your Two for Tuesday, October 24, 2017.