Clara Ann Fowler was born in Claremore, Oklahoma on November 8, 1927. Graduating from Daniel Webster High School in Tulsa in 1945, at the age of 18, sponsored by the Page Milk Company, she was a featured singer on KTUL radio and Patti Page became “The Singing Rage.”
In 1948 Patti first visited the Hit Parade with “Confess,” entering the top ten in 1950, adding “I Don’t Care If the Sun Don’t Shine” and a few months later with “With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming”, her first million seller. Before the year was over, she topped the Hit Parade with “All My Love” and the record that would sell more than 20 million singles, “Tennessee Waltz.”
Throughout the 50’s and 1960’s Patti Page would add 15 gold records including, “Would I Love You,” “Mockin’ Bird Hill,” “Mister And Mississippi,” “Detour,” “Come What May,” “Once In Awhile,” “I Went to Your Wedding,” “Steam Heat”, “How Much is That Doggie In The Window,” “Changing Partners,” “Cross Over The Bridge,” “Allegheny Moon,” “Old Cap Cod,” “Left Right Out Of Your Heart,” and in 1965 the title song from the Bette Davis motion picture, “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.”
On the pop and country Hit Parade more than 100 times, Patti Page sold a staggering 110 million records. She continued to tour actively until late 2012, when she announced her retirement from performing, for health reasons.
Patti Page died on January 1, 2013 in Encinitas, California of heart and lung disease at 85 years of age.
With a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 1997 Patti Page was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, won a Grammy in 1998 as Best Traditional Pop Singer and inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2007. She was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2013.