'Tennessee Waltz' Singer Patti Page Dead at 85

B-side became a mega-seller
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2013 3:18 PM CST

(Newser) – "Tennessee Waltz" singer Patti Page has died at age 85, reports the Tennessean. Page was a huge star in the 1950s with hits such as "(How Much Is That) Doggy in the Window," but "Waltz" turned into her signature hit and became one of the best-selling records of all time, reports AP. It was also an afterthought: Mercury Records made it the B-side of a Christmas song called "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus."

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"I was a kid from Oklahoma who never wanted to be a singer, but was told I could sing," Page said in 1999. "And things snowballed." (Read more Patti Page stories.)

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