’s unfading voice and glory: A tribute to a great singer
Alfredo B. Ancheta
Anchor for Allvoices
I was a small boy and in the elementary grades when first heard over the radio the voice of American lady folk singer Patti Page singing “The Doggie in the Window.” That was during the early sixties when radio communications and engineering in the Philippines was at its rudimentary stages. Noise and atmospheric interferences were louder than the music being played at the announcer’s booth in the station. Despite of such radio electronics deficiencies during those days, a Page’s song was always a hit.
Miss Page became a popular singer for all ages in my community if not throughout the Philippines. I haven’t seen any photo of Miss Page then, that I couldn’t relate her melodious voice with her person. Young as I was just presumed that a singer with a pleasant voice was also beautiful in person.
I learned to fully appreciate the music of Miss Page when print media during the 70’s through 90’s carried photos of the famous singer. The advent of computer and Information & Communications Technology helped spread/circulate the musical selections and pieces of the singer from Claremore, Oklahoma, USA. Her pieces like I went to your Wedding, The Tennessee Waltz, How much is that doggie in the window and many more are common in karaoke/videoke bars and parlors. The songs of Miss Page seem to tell that she is immortal.
It was saddening to know about her death on January 01, 2013. With Patti’s departure, America and the world lost a musical legend of her kind. Every one of her fans and those who love to listen to her songs may continue to understand and internalize "Beyond the clouds the sky is always blue / Have a little faith and love will come to you."
Miss Patti Page born Clara Ann Fowler may attain peace and everlasting life in the presence of her Creator.