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GRAMMY-winning country/pop singer Patti Page died on Jan. 1 in Encinitas, Calif. A cause of death was not disclosed. She was 85. One of the preeminent female artists in the '50s, Page charted several albums on the Billboard 200, including 1956's Manhattan Tower, which peaked at No. 18. She earned 19 Top 40 hits throughout her career, including "Allegheny Moon," "Let Me Go, Lover!" and "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte," all of which peaked in the Top 10. Page has been cited as the first recording artist to overdub harmony vocals onto her own lead vocal with the release of "Confess" in 1947. Page won the lone GRAMMY of her career in 1998 Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance for Live At Carnegie Hall — The 50th Anniversary Concert. That same year, Page's "The Tennessee Waltz" was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. Aside from music, Page served as host of several TV shows throughout the '50s, including "The Big Record" and "The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show." Page will be honored posthumously with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy in February.
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