Thursday, January 3, 2013

In Honor of Patti Page - Groove Armada's "At the River"

Groove Armada
Patti Page's passing was announced on WCBS Newsradio yesterday as a trivia question. Who was the best selling female singer of the 1950s? Patti Page.  She is probably remembered most for that overly saccharine ear worm "The Doggie in the Window." It was also shared how Page used to double her own vocals because she didn't have enough money to pay for background singers.  Now there's a trend setter...

Today on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," I learned that a fave song by London dance music duo Groove Armada features Page's vocals.  Tom Findlay and Andy Cato sampled Page's original tune, "Old Cape Cod" to create a sumptuous background for  "At the River." In Page's honor, I've embedded it below for another listen.  In this era of overdone vocal contest trills, her languid delivery is simply homespun Americana, finding another perfect niche.