Even if you do not know the name Patti Page, or cannot recall it, you may have a recollection of her song (How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window
. It had "chart" success in the fifties and became a firm favourite especially with children.
The doggie in question was in a shop window and for sale. The only way the young would-be purchaser could describe it was, "the one with the waggly tail".
Patti also recorded The Tennessee Waltz and she shot to fame becoming the best-selling female singer of the fifties. She may have appeared to drop out of the limelight since then but she continued singing and touring around the world.
Between 1948 and 1982, Patti Page has charted a total of 110 on hits on Billboard's Top Sellers / Pop Singles Chart, the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, and the Hot Country Songs chart. Four of these singles peaked at #1, all on the Billboard Pop Chart between 1950 and 1953. Also, since 1951, Page has released 39 studio albums, three of which were recorded as tribute albums. She recorded one live album in 1998 at Carnegie Hall, which gave Page her first Grammy award.
She continued to make appearances and tour until finally last year she made the decision to retire. Announcing her decision to fans she wrote in a letter
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,' Page wrote. 'It is only He who knows what the future holds.'
Patti died New Year's day at her California home in Encinitas aged 85. The cause of death has not been revealed.
She will be remembered for other hits such as I Went To Your Wedding, Mockin' Bird Hill, Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and Allegheny Moon.
In five weeks time, had she lived, Patti was to be honoured
at the Grammy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy.