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It is with some degree of intense sorrow that I report that Patti
Page passed away late yesterday (January 1, 2013) at her home in
Encinitas, Calif.  She was 85 years old.  You might remember that she
sold far more than a million recordings including the “Tennessee Waltz”
and “How Much Is That Doggie in The Window” both songs she performed for
us at LeMars, Iowa, in 2010 when we inducted her into America’s Old
Time Country Music Hall of Fame during our annual old-time country music
festival, now in its 38th year.  She had been inducted into the
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 1997, however when she came to us, it
turned out to be one of her very last performances and honors placed
upon her.  She was still doing a very few select dates, but mostly she
was staying close to her California home.  For the many members of the
National Traditional Country Music Association, there are lots of you
got to meet her, talk to her, buy her outstanding CD’s, and watch her
perform and have fun with us on the main stage.  I can remember so well
what she said to Sheila and I as we said good bye, and saw her for the
last time….”Keep it country Bob & Sheila.”

Bob Everhart

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