Patti Page to be inducted
into Hall

Sep 21, 2004 3:04 AM

The "Singing Rage" Patti Page will be inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame next month at the Tropicana Resort & Casino.

In the course of her seven-decade career, Page sold 100 million-plus records, making her one of the biggest selling female recording artists in history. More important to Las Vegas, she made numerous appearances in showrooms here and became a friend to many in the city. In fact, in 1950 she was wed for the first time at a friend’s home in Las Vegas.

As a renowned Las Vegas stage performer, it’s only natural she would be inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame, which lists dozens of other Las Vegas showroom legends. Some of them include Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Don Rickles and Siegfried & Roy.

Page began her Las Vegas career in 1949 at the Thunderbird Hotel & Casino. From 1950 to 1961, she performed at the Desert Inn. The following year she made a move to the "infamous" Sands Hotel & Casino, where she spent four years performing. At the time, the Sands was where the legendary "Rat Pack" (Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop) hung out. .

Page also made appearances at the Dunes, Frontier, Flamingo and Landmark hotels.

Besides becoming a popular local headliner, Page has numerous claims to fame. She has 15 gold records and her recording of "Tennessee Waltz," at 10 million copies sold, remains the biggest selling single ever recorded by a female artist.

Additionally, it was Page who took country music out of the country and onto the pop charts with such million sellers as "Mockin’ Bird Hill," "I Went to your Wedding" and "Mr. and Mississippi."

Today, the one time "Singing Rage" continues to record — in 2000 she teamed up with Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Jon Vezner to record "Brand New Tennessee Waltz." In 2002, she returned to the studio with Vezner to record two new albums, her first Christmas album since 1966 entitled, Sweet Sounds of Christmas and Child of Mine, a children’s album. The CD features a new rendition of "Doggie in the Window" as well as classics like "Over the Rainbow" and "Rainbow Connection."

Page’s induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, Oct. 31. The ceremony and reception is by invitation only.

The Casino Legends Hall of Fame museum is not only a Hall of Fame, but also a museum that houses the largest and most unique collection of Nevada gaming and entertainment memorabilia ever assembled.

In addition, the Casino Legends Hall of Fame traces the development of Las Vegas from Nevada’s 1931 inception of legalized gambling to its meteoric rise as the world’s premiere casino resort destination.

Helping to chronicle the growth is the world’s largest collection of casino memorabilia — from rare celebrity photos and video clips to gaming chips and postcards from more than 738 casinos — 550 of which no longer exist.

In addition to the celebrities who helped define the showrooms, the Casino Legends Hall of Fame honors the special notables of yesterday and today who helped build the city. They range from visionaries such as Howard Hughes and Benny Binion to gamblers like Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson and showgirls like Felicia Atkins.

One thing all the "Legends" have in common — they rolled the dice and dared to build the Las Vegas entertainment empire against all odds.