American singer Patti Page, whose 1950 hit ‘Tennessee Waltz’ topped the US charts for months, has died after suffering a congestive heart failure in a nursing home in Southern California on Tuesday. She was 85.
Nicknamed ‘The Singing Rage’, she sold more than 100 million albums in her 67-year career, which also included 1950s chart toppers (How Much Is That) ‘Doggie in the Window,’ ‘I Went to Your Wedding,’ and ‘All My Love’ (Bolero).
Her manager Michael Glynn said that she had been having some health issues for the past couple of years, ABC News reported.
Page won a Grammy for her 1998 album ‘Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert’ and was to be honoured with a lifetime achievement Grammy in February.
She had expected to attend the ceremony, Glynn said.
Page was born in Oklahoma as Clara Ann Fowler in 1927 and her first big hit was ‘With My Eyes Wide Open, I’m Dreaming,’ which peaked at No. 11 on the charts in 1950.
Eight years later, she scored her penultimate top-10 song, ‘Left Right Out of Your Heart'. She got married thrice, most recently in 1990.
She is survived by her two children, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.