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The Voices of Patti Page
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From the original vinyl LP

Mercury MG20100


The Doggie In The Window
(Bob Merrill)
Santly-Joy - ASCAP - 2:58

(Bob Merrill)
Santly-Joy - ASCAP 2;40

Hocus Pocus
Sheldon Music - BMI - 2:08

I Cried
Meadowbrook Music - ASCAP - 2:41

I Can't Tell A Waltz From A Tango
Harman Music - ASCAP - 2:14

Milwaukee Polka
Lear Music - ASCAP - 2:45


Changing Partners
Porgie Music - BMI - 2:45

What A Dream
Berkshire Music - BMI - 2:49

I Love To Dance With You
Skidmore Music - ASCAP - 2:35

Everlovin' (A One Way Love)
(J. Sherman-N. Sherman)
Tannen Music - BMI - 2:15

Little Crazy Quilt
Lear Music - ASCAP - 2:34

Keep Me In Mind

Famous Music - ASCAP - 2:20


Performers in show business are notoriously superstitious but in Patti Page's career there is one traditional symbol of bad luck that has proved to be the most fortunate for her, the number 13. For it was Patti's 13th recording for Mercury, a song called "Confess," that became her first hit and almost revolutionized the entire music industry. "Confess" was the first "gimmick" record, so called because an extra gimmick was inserted to enhance the straight singing rendition. In this case, Patti dubbed an extra harmony part onto the chorus, thus giving the effect of Patti Page singing with Patti Page. It was an instantaneous success and "The Voices of Patti Page," the title, incidentally, of this long-playing album, became the inspiration for many startling innovations in recording technique.

The selections on this album represent some of the most delightful examples of the effectiveness of multi-voiced singing as perfected by Patti Page. Here are the famed "Doggie In The Window" (still selling after three years of exposure) and "Butterflies," both the work of Bob Merrill, the Latin-tempoed "I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango" and "I Love to Dance With You," the tender waltz, "Changing Partners" (one of Patti's over-a-million sellers), the rock-and-roll "What a Dream," the lively "Hocus Pocus," "I Cried," "Everlovin'" and "Keep Me In Mind," the adorable "Little Crazy Quilt," and, for a complete change of pace, "The Milwaukee Polka."

It must be obvious from the above that Patti Page's singing talent is a fabulously versatile one. She is perfectly at home with any type of song, any type of tempo. But this fact, so casually accepted today, becomes a remarkable feat when one looks back at the story of this Tulsa, Oklahoma product. Patti never had any musical training. Her main interest as a school girl was in art and, indeed, her first regular job was as a commercial artist at a local radio station. Music and singing were a hobby to her, not to be taken seriously! Yet, today, Patti enjoys the reputation of being one of the most astute and and knowing musicians among the popular singers. The explanation lies in her remarkably sensitive ear and an unfailing instinct for harmony and counterpoint which, although of natural origin, has been developed by experience and constant contact with music into a fine and delicate sense. It is no accident that her multi-voiced "gimmick," first introduced in "Confess," has never been successfully carried off by any other pop vocalist, although many have tried. It requires a sensitivity and natural musicianship which Patti possesses in abundance but which very few others can match.

Here, then, are "The Voices of Patti Page," blended in a diversified medley of songs which have already found favor through Patti's single recordings. Both in terms of sheer enjoyment and as an important contribution to modern recording technique, this album will be a valuable addition to your record collection.

Mercury Records


This MERCURY LONG PLAYING 33 1/3 r.p.m. recording was made possible through the use of the MERCURY SOUND MARGIN CONTROL process - a technique whereby it has become possible for Mercury to produce for the record buying public a disc of truly superior quality, especially with respect to brilliance, clarity, dynamic range and reliable stylus tracking. This record can be played on any 33 1/3 r.p.m. turntable.
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