OAB Hall of Fame
In the early 1940’s a young teenage girl stepped before a microphone at KTUL Radio in Tulsa and launched a career that would lead her to become music’s all-time top-selling female vocalist. The new “Patti Page” on the Page Milk program, Claremore native Clara Ann Fowler, would sell over 100 million records during the next five decades. Her biggest hit--”Tennessee Waltz”--would become the second best selling single of all-time with over 10 million records sold. The largest selling single in Country Music history, “Tennessee Waltz” is also considered the first major pop/country crossover hit.
Guest appearances on ABC’s “Don McNeil Breakfast Club” led to her own radio show on CBS affiliate WBBM in Chicago, and ultimately to a Mercury Records contract. Patti Page would become the only musical performer to have her own weekly series on all three television networks, “The Scott Music Hall,” “The Patti Page Show,” “The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show,” and “The Big Record.” “The Big Record” was the first color television variety show and earned Miss Page an Emmy Nomination. Patti Page was the first singer to utilize multi-track over-dubbing in her recordings.
The multi-talented Patti Page also embraced the movies as a co-star with Burt Lancaster in “Elmer Gantry,” David Janssen in “Dondi” and James Garner and Kim Novak in “Boys Night Out.” Her performance in “Annie Get Your Gun” lead one critic to write, “Patti brings an easy grace to the musical state...another bulls-eye for the talented Miss Page.”
Broadcasting has always been there to boost the teenager on KTUL radio through her phonemenal rise on network radio and television and the creation of the world’s all-time favorite female songstress. Through her vocal stylings, the “Singing Rage” Miss Patti Page has brought joy and comfort to people throughout the world.
A legend...an entertainer...a lovely lady... Miss Patti Page.