Thanks to the lyrics of her 1950s hit song, Patti Page knew about Cape Cods winding roads before she even visited the area. In a ceremony today, one of those roads was named after her.
Naturally, I was honored, said Page, 82, by phone. I was really thrilled that they were going to do this for me here.
Page recorded Old Cape Cod in 1957. Although she had not yet been to the area, she has traveled there many times since, and she said the lyrics gave her a good primer.
I fell in love with the music and the lyrics to the song, Page said. When I first came here, I knew that she (the songwriter) had captured it completely.
If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air/ Quaint little villages here and there/You're sure to fall in love with/Old Cape Cod," reads one of the lyrics to the song, which was written by Claire Rothrock Graham.
The road, which branches off of Shootflying Hill Road in Centerville, has been renamed Patti Page Way. The quarter-mile stretch leads to Cape Cods visitor center and its Arts Foundation.