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About The Artist
Patti (nee Chapman) Woods was a native of West Virginia, born on her grandfather's farm near Fairmont. Interestingly, they say her grandfather was Curt Rogers who was a breeder of Charles Town race horses. Pattis started out singing in the church choir when she was nine years old. It was then she began to feel she could be a singer. As she grew up, she thought singing would only be a hobby for her and trained herself to be a hair dresser. But they kept offering her jobs every time she sang.
When she was in Miami Beach, Florida, she started out at $35 a week and in a couple years was making over $500 a week singing. Later on, she worked with Clyde McCoy at the Lee and Eddie Supper Club. In 1948, she went out to California and began to get jobs on the famed "Sunset Strip". Interestingly, she was in the pop music arena and in New York when she was 18 and won a talent contest imitating Clyde McCoy on the trumpet - playing "Sugar Blues" but doing it only with her hands and mouth. That imitation gaine her applause even later on in her career whenever she did it.
Patti credits her voice coach of many years, Max Rich (who wrote "Smile, Darn You, Smile") for the success she had as a singer.
Soon, she became a star on Eddie Kirk's "Town Hall Party" show in Compton, California. She had always liked hillbilly (or as they called it sometimes "folk" music) and contacted the show's promoter, Billy Wagner, when she heard their was an opening for a female singer. She got hired just about immediately and everyone came to like her.
She could be heard over NBC every Friday and Saturday night from the Town Hall Ballroom and was on the Monday night television broadcasts of the show over KTTV.
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