Pop Legend Patti Page Dead at 85

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Pop singer Patti Page, the biggest-selling female artist of the 1950s, has died.  The singer passed away on New Year's Day in Encinitas, California.  She was 85.

Page, whose birth name was Clara Ann Fowler, scored 111 chart hits over her long career, including "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window" and "Tennessee Waltz."  She released 50 albums, and scored 14 platinum singles.  In addition, she was a popular TV performer, and appeared in movies like Elmer Gantry and Boys' Night Out.

Because her songs often crossed over to the country charts, Page received the Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music. The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame gave her its Living Legend Award, and she received a Grammy Award in 1999. This year, she was to receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and, according to her rep, she was looking forward to attending the ceremony on February 9.

In addition to the worlds of pop and country music, Page's influence even extended to the world of alternative rock: The White Stripes recorded her 1950s hit "Conquest" on their album Icky Thump.

Page is survived by her son and daughter, as well as her sister, Peggy Layton.

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