Old Cape Cod (1957)

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Patti Page (born Clara Ann Fowler on November 8, 1927 in Claremore, or Muskeegee, according to some sources, Oklahoma.)

Patti Page is one of the best-known female artists in traditional pop music. She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s, and has sold over 100 million records.

According to an article in the Cape Codder, Page recorded "Old Cape Cod" after Claire Rothrock, the woman who wrote the song along with Milton Yakus and Allan Jeffrey, approached her with the tune while performing at a Boston nightclub. She made a day trip to New York City to record the song and then rushed back in time for that evening’s performance in Boston.

Ironically, Page, an Oklahoma native, had not yet even visited Cape Cod when she recorded the song.

While "Old Cape Cod" was only a B-side recording, it was the big hit of the single. The A-side, "Wondering", only reached #12.

Chart position: #3 (US). It peaked the week of July 29, 1957.

It was kept from the top spot by "Love Letters In The Sand" (Pat Boone) at #1 and "Bye Bye Love" (The Everly Brothers).

Written by:
Allan Jeffrey, Claire Rothrock and Milton Yakus (also known as Milt Yakus).

Also by: Tennessee Ernie Ford (1968); Bette Midler (1976); Anne Murray (1993); The Puppini Sisters (2007); Janet Planet (2009).

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