Musical Icon Patti Page Dies at 85

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1950s music icon Patti Page died, her representative said in a statement. She was 85.

Page died on New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif.

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Born Clara Ann Fowler, Page began singing with Mercury Records in 1947 and became their first successful artist. Some of Page's early hits included "Tennessee Waltz," one of the biggest-selling singles of the 20th century, and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window."

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Page recorded 50 albums during her career, with 19 gold singles and 14 platinum singles. She was also the only musical performer to have her own series on CBS, NBC and ABC. In 1979, Page was given the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music and was also inducted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame in 1998. She has stars on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Country Music Walk of Fame. Most recently, Page earned a Grammy in 1999 for her CD "Patti Page Live at Carnegie Hall - the 50th Anniversary Concert." Next month, Page was expected to attend the Recording Academy's ceremony that was honoring her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Page is survived by her son, Daniel O'Curran, daughter, Kathleen Ginn and sister, Peggy Layton.

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