Patti Page's 50th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall commemorated her start in show business when, as a 19-year-old fresh from her Oklahoma home, she tried to make it as a singer in Chicago. There followed enough hits to make her the most successful female singer of the 1950s. (She claims to be the best-selling female singer in history, with sales of 100 million records, though most of those records were singles.) At 69, she retained most of her voice and turned in an excellent set performing with the Philly Pops Orchestra. She banished most of her hits to a medley at the end of the show, but gave full-length treatment to the uptempo "Detour" and the ballads "Old Cape Cod" and "Allegheny Moon" and of course held "Tennesee Moon" for last. Otherwise, her set list was given over to standards that, she noted, had been given a new lease on life by recent movies, such as "It's A Wonderful World" and "Unchained Melody," and she even did "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" at the behest of her grandchildren. It was a well-rounded show by a veteran still able to perform near the top of her game, and deservedly won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, Page's first Grammy.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann