Patti Page. Page, who made
"Tennessee Waltz" the
third best-selling recording ever. Page
died Jan 1, 2013. She was 85.
Patti Page a perkily generic name virtually
screams 1950s, when sweet girls were
attired in poodle skirts the demure female
vocalists sang of doggies in the window and heartbreak
in waltz time, well before the rock n
roll or Elvis Presley.
Page was married three times: to
Jack Skiba and to dancer Charles O’Curran,
an ex-spouse of Betty Hutton and choreographer
on three early Elvis films is how she met Elvis
In Mack David’s “I Don’t Care If the Sun Don’t Shine,”
her first top-10 hit, Alfonso D’Artega’s orchestra establishes
a brassy, roadhouse sound for Patti’s sassy voice.
In the second bridge, when she gets to “That’s when we kiss ‘n
kiss ‘n kiss ‘n ooh we kiss some more,” she drops some of the
vowels. It’s no wonder that the 19-year-old Presley chose to record
Patti’s song at one of his first Sun sessions.