(WASHINGTON POST) Patti Page, the “Singing Rage” who became one of the most successful female singers of all time with dozens of pop hits, such as the forlorn “Tennessee Waltz” and the yappy but irresistibly likable “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window,” died Jan. 1 in Encinitas, Calif. She was 85.
Her manager, Michael Glynn, confirmed her death and said he did not yet know the cause.
With a husky, often alluring voice, Ms. Page was a superstar of the post-World War II era. It was a time when American celebrities still resembled girls and boys next door and when chart-toppers were manufactured to appeal to listeners of all ages.