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Patti Page

"Patti Page" (born "Clara Ann Fowler" on November 8, 1927 in Claremore, Oklahoma) is one of the best-known female singers in traditional pop music. She is unusual in that she came to traditional pop from country music, and some of her recordings are somewhat country flavored.

She is sometimes considered the first major crossover artist to popularize country music to the general public. Her records span from 1949 to 1981. She continues to sing and perform live all around the U.S..

She has frequently been known as "The Singing Rage, Miss Patti Page".

She was born into a large and poor farming family, whose mother and older sisters picked cotton. They went without electricity, so young Clara could not read after dark, as she related on TV many years later.

However, she became a featured singer on a 15-minute radio program on radio station KTUL, Tulsa, Oklahoma, at age 18. The program was sponsored by the 'Page Milk Company' and so young Clara Ann Fowler became songstress Patti Page.

In 1946, Jack Rael, a band manager, came to Tulsa to do a one-nighter. He turned on the radio, and heard the musical program with the 18-year-old featured vocalist. He lik...

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