Patti Page, who made "Tennessee Waltz" one of the top recordings of all time has died according to reports made on Jan. 2. She was 85 years old and died on New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif. according to her manager. Page had more than 100 million record sales and was one of the top female singers in history.
Page spent most of her life traveling and finally stopped touring late last year because of unspecified health problems. Patti wrote a sad but definite letter to her fans about the change.
"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," Page wrote. "It is only He who knows what the future holds."
Page was just five weeks shy of being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards from The Recording Academy.
The song "Tennessee Waltz" achieved the rare honor of reaching number 1 on the country, pop and R&B charts at the same time and was formally accepted as one of two of the state of Tennessee's official songs. The song was so powerful, that six other performers reached the charts the following year with covers.
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