Patti Page

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Patti Page on the cover of a collection, part of The Millenium Collection

Patti Page (born Clara Ann Fowler, November 8, 1927) is one of the best-known female singers in traditional pop music. She is unusual in that she came to traditional pop from country music, and some of her recordings are somewhat country flavored. She is sometimes considered the first major crossover artist to popularize country music to the general public. Her records span the era from 1949 to 1981.

Records vary as to whether Clara Ann Fowler was born in Claremore or Muskogee, Oklahoma. In either case, she became a featured singer on a 15-minute radio program on radio station KTUL, Tulsa, Oklahoma, at age 18. The program was sponsored by Page Milk Company and so Clara Ann Fowler became Patti Page.

In 1946, Jack Rael, a band manager, came to Tulsa to do a one-nighter. He turned on the radio, and heard the musical program with the 18-year-old featured vocalist. He liked what he heard, and asked her to join the Jimmy Joy band, which Rael managed. Eventually both left the band; and Rael became Patti's personal manager and leader of the backup orchestra for many of her recordings.

In 1948, she recorded a song called "Confess," which had a portion requiring one singer to answer another. (The other hit version involved a duet of Doris Day and Buddy Clark.) Because of a low budget, a second singer could not be hired, so Jack Rael suggested that Patti sing the second part as well. The novelty of her doing two voices on one record probably contributed to the song becoming a top twenty hit for her. At the time, most record companies had a director of Artists and Repertory (the "A&R man") who tightly controlled all the choices of artist-song assignments, and Mercury Records' A&R man was Mitch Miller (who became famous later on as the A&R man who brought Columbia Records into a dominant position in pop music in the early 1950s). After doing "Confess," Patti (or Jack Rael, or both) liked the multiple-voice idea so much that she asked to do an entire song as a quartet. Miller was skeptical until Patti recorded a four-bar song demo in four different voices and played the sample for Miller. Reluctantly, he permitted it, and the song, "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming," became another big hit for Patti, her first to sell a million. Although both Mary Ford and Jane Turzy became known for it, Patti Page was the first singer to record multiple tracks on the same song, on "Confess." On some of the records, she was billed as "Vocal by Patti Page, Patti Page, and Patti Page," in at least one case ("With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming") being given quadruple billing.

As stated above, "Confess" became her first charted hit, in 1948 for Mercury Records, and reached #12 on the Billboard chart. Her first #1 hit was "All My Love", based on Ravel's Bolero, which was #1 for 5 weeks in 1950. Her biggest hit was "The Tennessee Waltz", which was #1 for 13 weeks, coming a few months later in 1950. In 1963 she changed companies, going to Columbia, but returned to Mercury in 1971. In 1973 she went back to the Columbia family, recording for Epic Records (a subsidiary). In 1974 and 1975 she had a pair of records for Avco Records, then, after a hiatus of a few years, started in 1981 to record for Plantation Records, her last label. In the 1990s she started her own label, C. A. F. Records.

In 1998 she won a Grammy as "Best Traditional Pop singer."

Many of her songs have a strong beat to them that prelude rock 'n' roll. These titles include "Mister and Mississippi", "Detour" and "Cross Over the Bridge".

In 1956 she married choreographer Charles O'Curran. They adopted two children, a daughter Kathleen and a son Danny. They divorced in 1972. In 1990 she married again, to Jerry Filiciotto.


Recorded songs












  • "Make Me Your Kind of Woman" (1971)
  • "The Mama Doll Song" (1954)
  • "Mama from the Train" (1956)
  • "Milwaukee Polka" (1953)
  • "Mister And Mississippi" (1951)
  • "Mockin' Bird Hill" (1951)
  • "Mom and Dad's Waltz" (1961)
  • "Money, Marbles, and Chalk" (1949)
  • "Most People Get Married" (1962)
  • "Music and Memories" (1966)
  • "My First Formal Gown" (1956)
  • "My Jealous Eyes" (1953)
  • "My Man Friday" (1982)
  • "My Restless Lover" (1954)


  • "No Aces" (1981)
  • "Now that I'm in Love" (1953)


  • "Old Cape Cod" (1957)
  • "Once in a While" (1952)
  • "One of Us (Will Weep Tonight)" (1960)
  • "On the Inside" (1981)
  • "Oo! What You Do to Me" (1953)


  • "A Poor Man's Roses (or a Rich Man's Gold)" (1957, redone in 1981)
  • "Pretty Boy Lonely" (1963)


  • "Repeat after Me" (1957)
  • "Retreat" (1952)
  • "Ribbons and Roses" (1965)


  • "Same Old You" (1967)
  • "Say Something Sweet" (1948)
  • "Say Wonderful Things" (1963)
  • "So In Love" (1949)
  • "Someone Came to See Me" (1974)
  • "Stand by Your Man" (1968)
  • "Steam Heat" (1954)
  • "The Strangest Romance" (1956)


  • "The Tennessee Waltz" (1950)
  • "These Things I Offer You" (1951)
  • "Think Again" (1971)
  • "This Is My Song" (1953)
  • "Too Young to Go Steady" (1956)
  • "Trust in Me" (1958) (A better known version, however, was recorded by Eddie Fisher.)
  • "Two Thousand Two Hundred Twenty-three Miles" (1960)



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