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"Tennessee Waltz" singer Patti Page dies

This 1958 file photo shows singer Patti Page. Page, who made "Tennessee Waltz" the third best-selling recording ever, has died. She was 85. Page died Jan. 1, 2013, in Encinitas, Calif., according to her manager. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

American pop and country singer Patti Page, whose 1950 hit “Tennessee Waltz” topped the charts for months, died in Southern California on January 1. She was 85.

Nicknamed “The Singing’ Rage,” Page sold more than 100 million albums in her 67-year career, which included 1950s chart toppers “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window,” “I Went to Your Wedding” and “All My Love (Bolero).”

She died in a nursing home in Encinitas, California, north of San Diego after suffering congestive heart failure.

Page won a Grammy for her 1998 album “Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert” and will be honored with a lifetime achievement Grammy in February. She had been expected to attend.

Page was born in Oklahoma as Clara Ann Fowler in 1927 and was known for her light, every-girl voice. Her first big hit was “With My Eyes Wide Open, I’m Dreaming,” which peaked at No. 11 on the charts in 1950.

Eight years later Page scored her final top-ten song, “Left Right Out of Your Heart,” as rock and roll was emerging as the dominant trend in popular music.

Her reputation was burnished in recent years when rock group The White Stripes covered her 1952 song “Conquest” on their Grammy-winning 2007 album “Icky Thump.”

She was married three times, most recently in 1990