Music: The Girl from Oklahoma

Only a small slice of the world was listening the day a big-boned girl named Clara Anne Fowler stepped up to sing on Tulsa's KTUL. The program was a hillbilly affair sponsored by the Page Milk Co. Its sales-conscious title: "Meet Patti Page."

The U.S. at large has yet to hear of the Page Milk Co., but since those dairyish days four years ago, only the deaf and the dead have escaped hearing the big, plain, healthy voice of "Patti Page." Three of her records, Tennessee Waltz, Would 1 Love You and Mockin' Bird Hill, are among the top eleven on the...

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