This Day in Death

1.1.13: Singer Patti Page – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 5:24 pm January 3, 2013

 PATTI_PAGELook, I don’t have time to read the whole thing, is there a chapter on covering up boners or isn’t there?!

 

Singer Patti Page, known as the “Singing Rage,” is dead today at the age of 85. Unfortunately her nickname isn’t referencing an uncontrollable anger problem, which is too bad because I’m really into that. If I wanted to meet well-adjusted women I wouldn’t be trolling Marilyn Manson fan forums for dates with aging goth chicks.

You may know Page best from her song “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window,” a bit of treacle that capitalized on the brief post-war period when Americans would buy literally anything at all. Spotify it if you want, but I can save you the trouble by just telling you that it’s the sonic equivalent of putting water in your cereal because milk is “potentially too ethnic.” Seriously, if any non-white people ever find out about that one they’ll never talk to us again. It’s the most shameful thing in white American history. Yes, I know what I said.

With a husky, often alluring voice, Ms. Page was a superstar of the post-World War II era. It was a time when American celebrities still resembled girls and boys next door and when chart-toppers were manufactured to appeal to listeners of all ages.

Innocuous as her music was, Page did play a key role in one major technological advancement. It’s pretty interesting, if you’re a goddamn nerd:

Ms. Page was said to have been the first pop vocalist to use overdubbing – a technology still new in the late 1940s that allowed Ms. Page to be her own backup singer. She first employed the technique in her single “Confess,” which featured jazz guitarist George Barnes.

Over a decade later, the Beatles would push the concept of overdubbing to new extremes, creating their most layered and experimental work despite just the four of them performing on most tracks. This idea would reach saturation point when Eddie Murphy played eight roles in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, the negative response to which bankrupted the fatsuit industry and led to the economic crisis that we’re still working our way out of today. Thus concludes the major arc of the Theory of Western Civilization course that I designed for Harvard University.

 

Source: The Washington Post

 

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