Patti Page Ruled the Charts With 'Tennessee Waltz,' 'Doggie in the Window' & Dozens More
Patti Page was a force on Billboard's charts from the late 1940s all the way through the early 1980s. Her most prosperous period -- in terms of hits -- came in the 1950s, where she charted top 10 pop hits in nearly every year that decade.
The singer, who died on New Year's Day, notched her first chart entry with 1948's "Confess," with the George Barnes Trio, which climbed to No. 12 on the Records Most Played by Disk Jockeys chart that year. It was the first of 80 pop chart hits for Page, who last visited a pop tally in 1968 with "Little Green Apples." That tune topped out at No. 96.
During her pop career, she claimed No. 1 hits with "All My Love (Bolero)" (1950), "I Went to Your Wedding" (1952), "The Doggie in the Window" (1953)" and her likely best-known single, the iconic "The Tennessee Waltz."
Page's version of the song, which was written by Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart in 1946, spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Most-Played in Juke Boxes chart in 1950 and 1951. The tune became a hit for Page on the Hot Country Songs chart, where it spent three weeks at No. 2. Page's cover proved to be so popular, it was made an official song of the state of Tennessee in 1965 and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
Page charted a total of 20 entries on the Hot Country Songs chart as well as 19 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart. On the latter tally, she visited the top 10 a total of four times with "Go On Home," "Most People Get Married" (both in 1962), "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (1965) and "Gentle On My Mind" (1968). "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" was the title theme to the film, starring Bette Davis, and was also Page's final top 10 pop hit. It reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Her final hit on any tally was "My Man Friday" in 1982, which topped out at No. 80 on the Hot Country Songs chart.