Patti Page, the legendary pop singer whose musical success spawned several television series of her own in the 1950s, has died. Page passed away on New Year’s Day in Encinitas, CA, at age 85. She had more than 100 chart hits during her decades-long career, including such pop classics as “(How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window”, “Old Cape Cod” and “Tennessee Waltz”. She was a regular on several music and variety shows during television’s Golden Age, including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show. Those led to a Patti Page special on ABC, and later to consecutive series of her own on all three major networks; she was nominated for an Emmy in 1959 for ABC’s Patti Page Show. She also starred in Scott Music Hall Presents Patti Page, a summer replacement series on NBC that gave birth to the twice-weekly syndicated Oldsmobile Presents — Patti Page. Page also ventured into acting, with a role on the CBS series Playhouse 90, and later she made her big-screen debut in 1960′s Elmer Gantry. Most recently, The Recording Academy announced Page was a recipient of its Special Merit Awards as a Lifetime Achievement Award honoree.
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