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Patti Page, ‘Tennessee Waltz’ Singer, Dead at 85

Patti Page's signature hits included the novelty classic "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window"

Patti Page, the singer who rose to fame in the 1950s with such fare as "Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window," died Tuesday at age 85, the New York Times reports.

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According to the Times, Page died in Encinitas, Calif.

Born Clara Ann Fowler in Claremore, Okla., in 1927, the singer adopted her stage name after she was enlisted to host a country-music show called "Meet Patti Page," which was sponsored by Page Milk.

Signing to Mercury Records, the newly dubbed Page scored her first hit, "Confess," in 1948 and had her first million-selling single, "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming," two years later. Between 1950 and 1965, Page would rack up 14 more million-selling singles.

Among her best-known songs were "Tennessee Waltz," which would go on to sell 10 million copies and is regarded as one of pop music's first cross-over hits, and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window." The latter, a novelty track that featured the sound of a dog barking, would go on to become a million-seller.

In later years, as interest in her form of pop music waned, Page focused on country music, releasing such singles as 1970's "I Wish I Had a Mommy Like You," "Give Him Love" and "I May Not Be Lovin' You."

Page continued to perform in the years leading up to her death, playing 50 select concerts in the United States and Canada each year.

Page received her first and only Grammy award in 1999, for the album "Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert," but Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement Wednesday that she was scheduled to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys ceremony next month.

"I recently had the privilege of speaking with Ms. Page and informing her that she would be recognized with The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award this upcoming February, and she was grateful and excited to be receiving the honor," Portnow said. "Our industry has lost a remarkable talent and a true gift, and our sincere condolences go out to her family, friends and fans who were inspired by her work."

Page's survivors include a son, Danny O'Curran, a daughter, Kathleen Ginn, and numerous grandchildren.

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