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Singer Patti Page dies at 85

Patti Page, noted for singing popular songs such as “The Tennessee Waltz” and “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window,” died at an Encinitas nursing home on Jan. 1, according to news reports. She was 85.

Page had announced to fans on her website in September that she was facing health problems.

Patti Page (misspattipage.com)
Patti Page (misspattipage.com)

“Over the past year and a half I have not focused on performance or recording but have been more attentive to the doctors, nurses and thoughtful caregivers who have been helping me face several medical challenges,” she said. “My travels now are quite limited to North San Diego County, CA where I have called home for the past four decades. Although I feel I still have the voice God gave me, physical impairments are preventing me from using that voice as I had for so many years. It is only He who knows what the future holds.”

Page was slated to receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy on Feb. 9, as was sitarist and Encinitas resident Ravi Shankar, who died on Dec. 11.

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Singer Patti Page dies at 85