Patti Page has died at the age of 85. The singer was best known for her rendition of "Tennessee Waltz," a song she popularized in 1949. The song was written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King. It was recorded by Page for Mercury Records. An copy of original sheet music for the song shows a beautiful black and white photo of the singer on the cover; it is being sold on eBay for $8.99.
According to FOX News, Patti Page died on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2013, in Encinitas, Calif. Her publicist Schatzi Hageman confirmed her passing.
Just last year, Page finally conceded that she would be unable to continue performing as she would have liked. In a moving letter to her fans, she wrote, "Although I feel I still have the voice God gave me, physical impairments are preventing me from using that voice as I had for so many years. It is only He who knows what the future holds."
Fans may also remember Patti Page as the singer of "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window." She was one of the most popular singers of the decade of the 1950s.
Page was slated to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy at the upcoming Grammy Awards. Her death has left fans devastated, and she will no doubt be honored posthumously at the event.
Patti Page, dead at the age of 85; may she rest in peace.