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Public viewing in California, private burial planned for Patti Page

by Brandy McDonnell Published: January 4, 2013
In this Sept. 26, 2009 file photo, singer Patti Page performs the Tennessee Waltz during halftime of a NCAA college football game Tennessee and Ohio in Knoxville, Tenn. Page, who made "Tennessee Waltz" the third best-selling recording ever, has died. She was 85. (AP)
In this Sept. 26, 2009 file photo, singer Patti Page performs the Tennessee Waltz during halftime of a NCAA college football game Tennessee and Ohio in Knoxville, Tenn. Page, who made "Tennessee Waltz" the third best-selling recording ever, has died. She was 85. (AP)

A public viewing is planned Wednesday in California for Oklahoma-born singer Patti Page.

The pop music icon died on New Year’s Day in Encinitas, Calif., publicist Schatzi Hageman announced earlier this week. The singer was 85.

Page’s death came just a few weeks before the Oklahoma native was to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy Feb. 9 as part of the Grammy Week festivities.

Born Clara Ann Fowler on Nov. 8, 1927, in Claremore, Page was the biggest-selling female artist of the 1950s, with a legacy and influence that spanned generations.

During her remarkable recording career, Page had an astounding 111 chart hits, including pop classics like “(How Much Is That) Doggie In the Window,” “Old Cape Cod,” and “Tennessee Waltz,” which became a No. 1 hit concurrently on the pop, country and R&B charts.

Page released more than 100 albums and 160 singles in a career that has spanned more than six decades, earning her the nickname “The Singing Rage,” according to her Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame biography. She was inducted into the state Music Hall of Fame as part of its 1997 inaugural class, along with Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard and Claude Williams.

To read more about Page’s life, career and passing, click here.

Here is the information on the public viewing, which Hageman released today:

Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
Solana Beach Presbyterian Church
120 Stevens Avenue
Solana Beach, CA 92075
www.solanapres.org

A private view is also planned, and the burial will be private.

Flowers can be sent to:
El Camino Memorial – Sorrento Valley
5600 Carroll Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92121

Memorial donations can be made to:

Society of Singers, Inc.
26500 W. Agoura Rd., 102-554
Calabasas, CA 91302
www.singers.org

or

The Grammy Foundation
Attn: Annual Giving
3030 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
www.grammyfoundation.org

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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