Thursday, January 3, 2013

Clara Ann Fowler

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Clara Ann Fowler
Clara Ann Fowler was born in 1927 to a dirt poor family that lived in rural areas of the USA.  Actually it was either, Claremore, OK or Muskogee, Ok.  Her daddy was a railroad man while mother and other sisters picked cotton.  Cotton picking was done by poor folks.

When she was 18 she was singing on KTUL radio station in Tulsa, OK as part of a 15 minute show sponsored by the Page Milk Company. As the singer on this live show she was dubbed “Patti Page”. As the story goes Jack Rael a band manager and saxophone player heard the radio program, contacted the station making enquiries about who the singer was.  He quit his job as band manager and became Clara Fowler’s manager.  Clara left the radio station work and the 15 minute job with the Page Milk Company.  When she walked out that day and headed into her future she took the name “Patti Page” with her.

The rest is history.  She became ‘The singin rage – Miss Patti Page’ selling over 100 million records in her career as a very famous recording artist in the USA.

If you want a taste and want to jog your memory click here to hear the beautiful “Tennessee Waltz

On February 9, 2013 she was planning to be in Los Angeles where she will receive a life time achievement award from The Recording Academy.

But on January 1st 2013, Clara Ann Fowler, Miss Patti Page, passed away at age 85.

I don’t know why it made me stop and think deeply of her presence in my life. Maybe it was her style and her many songs that were woven into much of my early radio listening.  Maybe it was the words of her songs and the ones that she chose to weave into the fabric of our lives.

Maybe it is the fact that my parent’s age is disappearing at an alarming rate now.  My Mom is only seven years older than Clara – Patti Page.

So today I draw your attention to Patti Page and salute a great lady of music – and an early part of my life.

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