Patti Page

You Will Be Forgotten Someday So Live a Life That Matters

Patti Page just died. If you are a member of my generation or younger, the odds are overwhelming that you have no idea who Patti Page was.  In the 1950’s, she was the third best selling artist of the decade and had lifetime album sales exceeding 100,000,000 records.  Given the lower population base back then, and the limited distribution channels, she was a far bigger cultural force in her generation than someone like, say, Beyoncé Knowles or Kayne West is today. Her song, “Tennessee Waltz” was the third best selling song of all time.  Very few people I know even recognize the song today, let alone could sing it.