Born: Clara Ann Fowler, she got her stage name working at radio station KTUL, during a 15-minute program sponsored by Page Milk Company.
A Star of stage and screen, she became the first singer to have television programs on all three major networks, including "The Patti Page Show" on ABC.
"Our industry has lost a remarkable talent and a
true gift, and our sincere condolences go out to her family, friends and fans
who were inspired by her work."
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy's president and CEO
Patti charted a total of 20 entries on the Country charts, 16 on the pop charts as well as 19 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart.
"Tennessee Waltz" scored the rare achievement of reaching No. 1 on the pop, country and R&B charts simultaneously and was officially adopted as one of two official songs by the state of Tennessee.
She recorded 50 albums, with 19 gold and 14 platinum singles. She earned a Grammy for her 50th Anniversary Concert CD and was awarded the Living Legend Award from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music and has stars on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Country Music Walk of Fame.
She was 85 and just five weeks away from being honored at the Grammy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy.
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