1950s Pop Star Dead at 85
Patti Page, who sold more than 100 million records during her seven-decade singing career, died Tuesday at a Southern California nursing home. She was 85. Best known for "The Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window," Page was to have received a Lifetime Achievement Award at February's Grammy Awards.
Though her sound fell between traditional pop and country, she told us some years ago that she was proud of presenting a number of up-and-coming rock artists on her CBS variety series, The Big Record. During the 1957-'58 season, Page gave early prime-time exposure to Sam Cooke, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino and The Coasters.
Source: NBC San Diego