Monday, November 8, 2010

A Page in history

We don't get the nickname "The Singin' Rage," but we're glad she changed her given name from Clara Ann Fowler. Otherwise, who knows?  Patti Page might never have knocked us silly with "The Tennessee Waltz," which spent 30 weeks on the Billboard pop charts beginning about this time in 1950. 

Many artists have covered the song first recorded by Pee Wee King, but nobody topped Patti's version -- even if it was the B side to "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus."  We dedicate our next waltz to her.

Patti Page (1927): Singer
Tennessee Waltz, Doggie in the Window, Allegheny Moon

Bonnie Bramlett (1944): Singer, Delany and Bonnie and Friends
Never Ending Song of Love

Roy Wood (1946): Electric Light Orchestra
10538 Overture

Minnie Riperton (1947-1979)
Lovin’ You

Alan Berger (1949): Bass, Southside Johnny
I Don’t Wanna Go Home, The Fever, This Time It’s for Real

Bonnie Raitt (1949): Guitar, singer
Runaway, The Boy Can’t Help It, Something to Talk About

Ricki Lee Jones (1954): Singer
Chuck E.’s in Love

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