A great tribute album from the biggest-selling female artist of the 50s, containing 14 million sellers and six further Top 20 hits. Patti Page died in January aged 85.
Oklahoma-born singer Clara Ann “Katy” Fowler (1927-2013) is said to have sold more records during the 50s than any other female artist. As “Patti Page” she sold an estimated 100 million-plus copies! Her innovative style exploited the new possibilities of overdubbing techniques to create duets, trios or even quartets with herself. The results proved so popular that she had 14 million sellers topping the charts from 1950 through to 1958.
All My Love, the title of Retrospective’s Patti Page collection, was her first Number One and heads a fabulous sequence of no fewer than 29 tracks, including all 14 of her million sellers up to 1958: The Tennessee Waltz (one of the biggest-selling hits of all time), With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming, Would I Love You, Love You, Love You?, Mockin’ Bird Hill, Mister And Mississippi, Detour, I Went To Your Wedding and the huge-selling children’s song How Much Is That Doggie In The Window? (her first success in the brand new British Charts, which began in 1952), Changing Partners, Cross Over The Bridge, Allegheny Moon, Old Cape Cod and Left Right Out Of Your Heart. In addition there are a further six Top 20 smashes such as You Belong To Me, And So To Sleep Again and Why Don’t You Believe Me?
Broadening the picture are nine further tracks offering such less-frequently heard delights as Patti’s jazzy Whispering and I Love You Because, and her distinctly R&B-flavoured One Sweet Letter. Here is the very best of a supreme artist.