Thursday, December 25, 2014

Patti Page (1927-2013): A Tribute

by Tim Akers son of Richard "Dick" Leon And Sally Kay (Fowler) Akers. 
Used by permission.


There were 11 Fowler children born to Benjamin and Maggie between 1910 and Christmas Day, 1929. On album liner notes and print interviews -- the children were just a number; here, they are Hazel, Daniel Benjamin, Trudie Jane, Sarah Louise, Mack Bolin, Charles Edward (Ed), Rema Ruth, Ruby Nell, Virginia Bell, Clara Ann, and Margaret Ellen (Peggy). Why mention them? That’s simple: Christmas is about family!


Their father worked on the Midland Valley Railroad in Eastern Oklahoma and supported all 13 of them on less than $50 a month; their mother picked cotton to augment that income. Over the years, a highlight of every family get-together became a happy time of reminiscing as each Fowler sibling related knee-slapping, laugh-until-you-cry stories – and how they tried to hide everything from their strict mother, Maggie. The Fowler family was rich beyond words when it came to their memories. They all had beautiful singing voices but there was one musical storyteller in the group who could interpret a story in song, who set the world on fire with hit after hit from 1948 until her last charted single in 1980. Through her final interview in December 2012, that storyteller reiterated that she wanted to be a commercial artist; she never wanted to be a singer. But “It just worked out that way. I guess God had other plans for me,” exclaimed Clara Ann Fowler, a.k.a. Patti Page.


The world lost one of its greatest ladies of song when Patti Page passed away on January 1, 2013. She left us a storehouse of recordings to cherish.


From our extended Fowler family to yours, here’s a heartfelt wish --
in every Christmas season –
you love, cherish, and enjoy your family and friends.


More to Read:
1. The Liner Notes from the tribute 2013 CD recording of “Christmas with Patti Page.”
2. Patti Page Relatives Preserve Her Life: Tim Akers and Dena Roeder
4. Baltimore Radio's Tribute to Patti Page
5. Wikipedia -- Patti Page
6. Travel Oklahoma's Tribute Page to Patti.
7. Oklahoma's Music Hall of Fame -- 1997 Inductee
8. Mohalo - Patti Page
9. Findagrave #103010674
10. Obituary 1
11. Obituary 2
12. Obituary 3
13. Obituary 4


In the News!
1. Oklahoma State Historical Society (insert "Patti Page" into their search engine for current exhibit info)
2. OKPOP Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (ditto for current exhibit info)
3.  Brandy McDonnell's Blog


Here's a sampling of some of Patti's songs:
(click on lower right hand corner of Youtube videos to enlarge screen)

Christmas Song

Happy Birthday, Jesus!