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August 26, 2010 |
George David Weiss, a prolific songwriter who co-wrote "Can't Help Falling in Love," "What a Wonderful World," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and many other pop hits, has died. He was 89. Weiss, a former longtime president of the Songwriters Guild of America, died Monday of natural causes at his home in Oldwick, N.J., the Associated Press reported. During his heyday in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, Weiss co-wrote songs that were recorded by singers such as Frank Sinatra ("Oh! What It Seemed to Be")
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August 3, 2010 |
Mitch Miller, who helped shape musical tastes in the 1950s and early '60s as the head of the popular music division at Columbia Records and hosted the hit "Sing Along With Mitch" TV show in the early '60s while becoming one of the era's most commercially successful recording artists, has died. He was 99. Miller died Saturday after a short illness at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said his daughter, Margaret Miller Reuther. A top oboist and English horn player who joined the CBS Symphony Orchestra in the 1930s and later recorded with legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, Miller wound up his more than seven-decade musical career guest conducting symphony orchestras around the world.
May 1, 2000 |
In the '50s, when Patti Page was one of the music industry's most prolific hit-producers, she was often described as "The Singing Rage." Other than the obvious convenience of the rhyme, however, "Rage" was hardly the appropriate appellation for a singer whose stock in trade was a cool, precise sound and laid-back songs.
November 10, 1998 |
Between the late '40s and the mid-'60s, Patti Page cranked out 15 gold singles and three gold albums. With more than 100 million record sales to date, she is still the all-time bestselling female singer. So it was no surprise that an overflow crowd, the majority of whom clearly recalled Page's glory days firsthand, turned out for her matinee performance at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday.
May 14, 1990 |
Singer Patti Page, whose 1950 recording of "Tennessee Waltz" is one of the biggest-selling records of all time, did the wedding waltz Saturday, marrying the widower of her late best friend. Page, 62, and Jerry J. Filiciotto, a 60-year-old retired aerospace engineer, were married in a formal ceremony at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, said the singer's publicist, Alan Eichler. About 200 friends and family members attended. The marriage was the third for Page and the second for Filiciotto.
February 21, 1990 |
Singer Patti Page, whose hits include "I Went to Your Wedding," will be going to her own when she marries retired aerospace executive Jerry J. Filiciotto. The two will wed on May 12 at the Solano Beach Presbyterian Church, her publicist, Alan Eichler Associates, said today. The couple will live in Solano Beach, although Filiciotto owns a 200-acre farm in New Hampshire. The marriage will be the third for Page, whose records have sold more than 100-million copies.