‘Tennessee Waltz’ singer Patti Page dies at 85

Entertainer Patti Page, born Clara Ann Fowler in 1927 in Claremore, died New Year’s Day at age 85 in Encinitas, Calif.

From staff and wire reports Published: January 3, 2013
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Patti Page, the Claremore native who made “Tennessee Waltz” one of the best-selling recordings ever, has died. She was 85.

Page died New Year’s Day in Encinitas, Calif., her manager said. She was one of the top-selling female singers in history with more than 100 million record sales and created a distinctive sound for the music industry in 1947 by overdubbing her own voice when she didn’t have enough money to hire backup singers for the single, “Confess.”

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