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Patti Page’s First No. 1, ‘All My Love’

On 26 August 1950, Patti entered the US charts with the song that became her first No. 1.

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All My Love Patti Page

Do you know who was the bestselling female artist in America of the 1950s? If you’re thinking it might be Connie Francis, or Sarah Vaughan, or Teresa Brewer, think again. They were all among the top five, but none of them could match Oklahoma’s own Patti Page. On 26 August 1950, she entered the US charts with what would become her first No. 1.

Patti Page

Page released several flops in the early stages of her career, and sung briefly with Benny Goodman in 1948. She first appeared on a Billboard chart that year, when, at the age of 20, she reached No. 12 with ‘Confess,’ on her longtime home of Mercury Records, accompanied by the George Barnes Trio. It made waves not just because of her voice but because it was one of the first multi-track recordings.

After a series of popular releases, Patti entered the charts on that August day in 1950 with ‘All My Love,’ the melody of which, by Paul Durand, was based on Ravel’s Bolero. Page’s recording featured an English lyric (written by Mitchell Parish) of a song first recorded in French by Jacqueline Francois. The American public lapped it up: at the end of October, Page’s version began a five-week run at No. 1. The song was recorded at the time by the likes of Guy Lombardo, Bing Crosby and Percy Faith. Here’s Patti performing it in 1958 on the CBS series The Big Record:

Page would be back at the top of the charts before Christmas of 1950 with what was perhaps the song of her career, ‘The Tennessee Waltz,’ which sold over six million copies. No wonder she was named the Most Promising Female Singer of 1950. Further chart-toppers ensued with ‘I Went To Your Wedding’ in 1952 and ‘The Doggie In The Window’ the next year, amid dozens of hit recordings.

 

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Patricia Fine

    November 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Patti Page was the most down to earth celebrity that I had ever met. Patti was a very special friend of mine for 62 years..She loved her fans and I have some very special memories that I cherish every day. I loved her so and will miss her forever..What a Beautiful Person with A Beautiful Voice.

    • Dee Cumming

      December 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Did she ever come to England

      • Patricia Fine

        December 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

        Yes Dee Cumming she did appear in England and many other Countries and States. anyone who was got to see her show was blessed…

  2. jack wilhite

    March 11, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    I first saw Patti at the Indiana Stated Fair – Summer 1953 Waited back stage and got her autograph.
    Almost exactly 50 years later (2003) she played the Florida State Fair and I was there!! The ’53 autograph was long lost. Sure wish I had still had the first one. Guess I didn’t think she would really “make it” back then. Foolish me!!! She was very sweet, personable and humble at both meetings.
    We’re all missing a great voice and even greater person.

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