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Clay Aiken – Honoring A Musical Icon

 

Patti Page, whose Tennessee Waltz is one of the best-selling recordings ever, died Tuesday in Encinitas, Calif. She was 85 years old.

Page sold millions of records although her music was called bland and unadventurous.  Yet, she was one of the biggest recording artists of the decade.

 

According to Emily Langer at the WashingtonPost:

She sold 10 million copies of the country-infused “Tennessee Waltz” alone. That song, recorded by Mercury Records at the start of the 1950s, was expected to be a throwaway number and was relegated to the B-side of Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.

In the end, only Bing Crosby’s recording of “White Christmas” outsold Ms. Page’s lament of stolen love.

Some of her most popular songs were Old Cape Cod, Allegheny Moon, Cross Over the Bridge, and How Much Is That Doggie in the Window.

Page won her first Grammy in 1999, for Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert, (most of her hits came out before the awards were created in 1959). She was scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony in February. According to a statement from The Recording Academy, she will be honored posthumously.

I love the Clay pictures that fans have produced in Photofunia.  If you have never seen the site, be sure and check it out.  It is loads of fun!  PHOTOFUNIA

Which one of these do you like the most?

Are you going to try to make one too?

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