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Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline performing the Grand Ole Opry in 1961.
Background information
Birth name Virginia Patterson Hensley
Born September 8, 1932(1932-09-08)
Origin Winchester, Virginia
Died March 5, 1963 (aged 30)
Genre(s) Country, Traditional Pop, Nashville Sound,
Honky Tonk,Rockabilly
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals, Piano
Years active 1955 – 1963
Label(s) Four Star Records (1955-1960)
Decca Records (1960-1963)
Associated
acts
Kitty Wells, Jean Shepard, Jimmy Dean, Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold, Skeeter Davis, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Jan Howard, Dottie West
Website Patsified.com; A Patsy Cline Site
Members
Country Music Hall of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Former members
Grand Ole Opry (1960 – 1963)

Patsy Cline (b. Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932March 5, 1963) was an American country music singer, who enjoyed pop music cross-over success during the era of the Nashville Sound in the early 1960s. Since her death at the age of 30 in a 1963 plane crash at the height of her career, she has been considered one of the most influential, successful, revered and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century. Her life and career has been the subject of numerous books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Cline was best known for her rich tone and emotionally expressive voice, which, along with her role as a mover and shaker in the Country Music industry, has been cited and praised as an inspiration by many vocalists of various music genres. Posthumously she has sold millions of albums over the past 50 years and won countless awards, which has given her an iconic fan status, similar to that of music legends Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. In 2001, she was voted by artists and members of the Country Music industry as #1 of 40 Greatest Women of Country Music of all time and in 1999 she was voted #11 of The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll of all time by members and artists of the rock industry. According to her 1973 Country Music Hall of Fame plaque: "Her heritage of timeless recordings is testimony to her artistic capacity." Among those hits: "Walkin' After Midnight", "I Fall to Pieces", "She's Got You", "Crazy", and "Sweet Dreams". For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music is a three hour television special held in 2001, by the CMT (otherwise known as Country Music Television) network honoring the 40 Greatest Women in Country Music. ... Walkin After Midnight is the name of a song written by Alan Block and Don Hecht. ... I Fall to Pieces is a famous Country/Pop ballad written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard and was first recorded and released as a single by Patsy Cline in 1961. ... Shes Got You is a famous Country/Pop song written by Hank Cochran and was first recorded and released as a single by Patsy Cline in 1962. ... Crazy is a famous ballad composed by Willie Nelson and first recorded by Patsy Cline. ... Sweet Dreams or Sweet Dreams (Of You) is a country ballad, which was written by Don Gibson. ...

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Early years & rise to fame

Born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in Gore, Virginia, she was the daughter of Sam and Hilda Patterson Hensley, a blacksmith and a seamstress; Hilda was only 16. Patsy was the eldest of three children, which included a brother, Sam, and a sister, Sylvia Mae. The three children, despite their given names, were called "Ginny," "John," and "Sis," respectively. is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gore is an unincorporated community in western Frederick County, Virginia located along the Northwestern Turnpike (US 50) west of Winchester. ...


Some say that Patsy had an unhappy childhood and grew up a poor girl "on the wrong side of the tracks", but except for the fact that her father deserted the family in 1947, when she was fifteen, the Hensley home was quite happy.[1] The family moved often, living in many different places around Virginia, before settling into Winchester. Cline often proclaimed as a child that she would one day be famous, and looked up to stars such as Judy Garland and Shirley Temple. A serious illness as a child caused a throat infection which, according to Cline, resulted in her gift of "a voice that boomed like Kate Smith's." Cline credited everyone from Kay Starr to Hank Williams for influencing her and was very well rounded in her musical tastes. As a child, she often sang in church with her mother. Cline was also a by-ear pianist and sang with perfect pitch. This article is about the U.S. state. ... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1802 Mayor Elizabeth Minor Area    - City 24. ... Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an Academy Award-nominated American film actress and singer, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939). ... Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928) is an American former child actress. ... Kate Smith on the cover of a posthumous 1991 collection 16 Most Requested Songs Kathryn Elizabeth Smith (May 1, 1907 – June 17, 1986) was a Washington, D.C.-born singer best known for her rendition of Irving Berlins God Bless America. She greeted audiences with Hello, everybody! and signed... Kay Starr on the cover of 2002 collection The Definitive Kay Starr on Capitol Kay Starr (born July 21, 1922) is an American jazz and popular singer. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Sr. ...


Cline began performing in area variety/talent shows early on. She once went to the local radio station (WINC) in Winchester and ask DJ Jimmy McCoy if he would let her sing on his radio show. He did and this was a great opportunity for Patsy, as Jimmy's radio show was a great showcase for local talent. As she grew older, she began to play in popular nightclubs. To support her family after her father abandoned them, she dropped out of high school and worked various jobs, soda jerking and waitressing by day. At night, Cline could be found singing at local nightclubs, wearing her infamous fringed western stage outfits designed by herself and made by her mother, Hilda. For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... A soft drink is a drink that contains no alcohol. ...


During this period in her early 20s, Cline met two men who would be responsible for making her name a household word. The first was contractor Gerald Cline, whom she married in 1953 and would divorce in 1957. The second was Bill Peer, her new manager. It was Peer who gave her the name "Patsy", short from her middle name and her mother's maiden name "Patterson."


Cline began making numerous appearances on local radio, and she attracted a large following in the Virginia/Maryland area—especially when Jimmy Dean learned of her. She became a regular on Connie B. Gay's "Town and Country" television show, broadcast out of Washington, D.C, which also featured Dean, himself an established young country star. She also began making appearances on the world renowned Grand Ole Opry. Jimmy Dean (b. ... ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ...


In 1955, Cline was signed to Four Star Records. However, her contract only allowed her to record compositions by Four Star writers; Cline disliked this, and later expressed regret over signing with the label. Her first record for Four Star was "A Church, A Courtroom & Then Good-Bye." The song attracted little attention, although it did lead to several appearances on The Grand Ole Opry. Between 1955 and 1957, Cline recorded Honky Tonk material, with songs like "Fingerprints," "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down," and "A Stranger In My Arms." She also experimented with Rockabilly. However, none of these songs gained any notable success for Cline. According to Owen Bradley, her Decca Records producer, the Four Star compositions only seemed to hint at the potential that lurked inside of Cline. Bradley thought her voice was best suited for singing pop music. However, the Four Star producers insisted that Cline would record only country songs, as her contract also stated. During her contract with Four Star, Cline recorded 51 songs. It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... Honky tonk was originally the name of a type of bar common throughout the southern United States, also Honkatonk or Honkey-tonk. ... The cover of Bradleys biggest single as a performer, Big Guitar. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ...


1957: Success of "Walkin' After Midnight"

The year 1957 was a year of great change in Cline's life as she found national stardom and married the man whom she called the love of her life, Charlie Dick. While looking for material for her first album "Patsy Cline" a song appeared titled "Walkin' After Midnight," written by Don Hecht and Alan Block. Cline initially did not like the song because it was, according to her "just a little old Pop song." However, the song's songwriters and record label insisted Cline should record it. She then auditioned for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout's program in New York City, and luckily got accepted to sing on the show. Walkin After Midnight is the name of a song written by Alan Block and Don Hecht. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Initially, Cline was supposed to sing the song "A Poor Man's Roses (Or a Rich Man's Gold)," however, show producers insisted Cline instead sing "Walkin' After Midnight." That night, she won the program and was invited to return to the show. The song was so well-liked by the audience that she decided to release "Walkin' After Midnight" as a single. The song was released in early 1957, and before long it was a hit on both the Country and Pop charts, reaching #2 on the Country charts and #12 on the Pop charts. Cline became one of the first country singers to have a crossover pop hit. She couldn't follow up "Walkin' After Midnight" with another hit, however, in part because of the deal that limited her to songs from one publishing company.[2] After the birth of their daughter Julie in 1958, she and Charlie moved to Nashville, Tennessee. A Poor Mans Roses (or a Rich Mans Gold) is a popular song, popularized by Patti Page in 1957 and again in 1981. ... Walkin After Midnight is the name of a song written by Alan Block and Don Hecht. ... Walkin After Midnight is the name of a song written by Alan Block and Don Hecht. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In 1959, Cline met Randy Hughes, who became her manager. With Randy's promotion and a new contract with Decca Records - Nashville, Cline's stardom would begin its ascent to the top.


1960: The year of her comeback

When her Four Star contract expired in 1960, Cline signed with Decca Records-Nashville, under the direction of legendary producer Owen Bradley. He was not only responsible for much of the success behind Cline's recording career, but also for those of Brenda Lee and Loretta Lynn. Under Bradley's direction, Cline enjoyed country and pop music success both because of her versatile vocal ability and because of Bradley's arrangements and incorporation of instruments — such as strings — not typically used on country records. Bradley found that Cline's voice was best-suited for Country Pop-crossover songs, and helped smooth Cline's voice into silky, torchy Pop-singing glory. Cline never liked the fact that she sang Pop material. This new, more sophisticated instrumental style became known as “The Nashville Sound,“ founded by Bradley and RCA’s Chet Atkins, who produced Jim Reeves, Skeeter Davis, Connie Smith, and Eddy Arnold. It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... The cover of Bradleys biggest single as a performer, Big Guitar. ... Brenda Lee (born December 11, 1944) is an American pop singer, who was immensely popular during the 1950s and 1960s. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Country Pop is a subgenre of country music that first emerged in the 1970s, with roots in both the countrypolitan sound and in soft rock. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... The Nashville Sound (often known as Countrypolitan) arose during the late 1950s as a sub-genre of American country music, replacing the chart dominance of the Honky Tonk sound which was most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. ... RCA, formerly an acronym for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark owned by Thomson SA through RCA Trademark Management S.A., a company owned by Thomson. ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Skeeter Davis (born Mary Frances Penick December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004) was an American Country Music Singer, who was best known for crossover Pop music songs of the early 1960s. ... Connie Smith (born Constance June Meador 14 August 1941, in Elkhart, Indiana) is an American country music singer. ... Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918) is an American country music singer. ...


Cline's first Decca release was in 1961, was the Country Pop ballad "I Fall to Pieces," written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard. It went on to become Cline's first #1 hit on the Country charts and peaked at #12 on the Pop charts. The song cemented Cline's status as a household name and proved that female Country singers could enjoy just as much crossover success as male counterparts such as Jim Reeves and Eddy Arnold. Country Pop is a subgenre of country music that first emerged in the 1970s, with roots in both the countrypolitan sound and in soft rock. ... I Fall to Pieces is a famous Country/Pop ballad written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard and was first recorded and released as a single by Patsy Cline in 1961. ... Garland Perry Hank Cochran (born August 2, 1935 in Isola, Mississippi) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ... Harlan Perry Howard (September 8, 1927 - March 3, 2002) is an American Hall of Fame country music songwriter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918) is an American country music singer. ...


That same year, she was elected as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the realization of a lifelong dream. Cline was one of the Opry's greatest stars and, reportedly, she is the only Opry star in history to date to receive membership merely as a result of asking. The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ...


Believing that there was "room enough for everybody" and perhaps due to her own self confidence, Cline befriended and encouraged several women starting out in Country Music, including Loretta Lynn, Dottie West, Barbara Mandrell (with whom Cline once toured), Jan Howard and Brenda Lee, all of whom cite her as an influence in their careers. Both Lynn and West claimed that Cline always gave of herself to her friends, often buying them groceries when they didn't have money, new furniture and even money to pay the rent to enable them to stay in Nashville and continue their quest for stardom. Cline's friend, Honky Tonk pianist and Opry star Del Wood, stated in the 1980 Ellis Nassour biography Patsy Cline: "Even when she didn't have it, she'd spend it and not always on herself. She'd give anyone the skirt off her backside if they needed it." Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer. ... Barbara Mandrell (b. ... Jan Howard (born Lula Grace Johnson on March 13, 1930 in West Plains, Missouri) was one of the trail-blazing country music female vocalists of the 1960s. ... Brenda Lee (born December 11, 1944) is an American pop singer, who was immensely popular during the 1950s and 1960s. ... Del Wood was the professional pseudonym used by pianist Polly Adelaide Hendricks Hazelwood (February 22, 1920 - October 3, 1989). ...


Cline also became friends with Roger Miller, Hank Cochran, Faron Young, Ferlin Husky, Harlan Howard and Carl Perkins; a group of male artists and songwriters whom she enjoyed joining at Tootsies Orchid Lounge next door to the Grand Ole Opry. Singer George Riddle remembered on the 1986 documentary The Real Patsy Cline: "It wasn't unusual for her to sit down and have a beer and tell a joke. She'd never be offended at the guys jokes because most of the time she'd tell a joke better than you! Patsy was full of life as I remember." She was known for calling her friends "Hoss," a term of endearment, and referring to herself as "The Cline." Though Cline never met Elvis Presley, she was a huge fan of his music and often kept up with him through the Jordanaires, who backed her and Elvis' vocals. She referred to him as "The Big Hoss." A section of the album jacket for Golden Hits Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. ... Garland Perry Hank Cochran (born August 2, 1935 in Isola, Mississippi) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ... A Faron Young promotional photo. ... Ferlin Husky (born December 3, 1925 in Flat River, Missouri) is an American singer who has become well-known as a country-pop chart-topper under various names, including Terry Preston and Simon Crum. ... Harlan Perry Howard (September 8, 1927 - March 3, 2002) is an American Hall of Fame country music songwriter. ... Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of rockabilly music, a mix of rhythm and blues and country music that was recorded most notably at Sun Records in Memphis beginning in 1954. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ...


Near-fatal car accident

While Cline would continue to thrive successfully in 1961, she also gave birth to a son, Randy. However, on June 14, 1961, Patsy and her brother Sam were involved in a head-on car collision, the second and most serious of two during her lifetime. The impact of the accident threw Patsy through the windshield, nearly killing her. Upon her arrival at the scene, singer Dottie West picked glass from Patsy's hair, while Patsy insisted that the other car's driver be treated first. (Coincidentally, West would be involved in a serious car accident in 1991 and would not survive.) Patsy later stated that she saw the female driver of the other car die before her eyes at the hospital. Suffering from a jagged cut across her forehead that required stitches, a broken wrist, and a dislocated hip, she spent a month in the hospital. While in the hospital, Cline, according to the Nassour biography Patsy Cline and to friend Billy Walker, rededicated her life to Christianity. She received thousands of cards and flowers sent by fans. is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer. ... A dislocated hip is a condition that can be congenital or acquired. ... Aston Villas all-time record goalscorer in 1924-25 season Billy Walker (29 October 1897 - 28 November 1964) was a prominent English footballer of the 1920s and 1930s. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is...


When she left the hospital, her forehead was still visibly scarred. For the remainder of her career, she wore wigs and careful makeup to hide the scars, and headbands to relieve pressure on her forehead. She returned to the road on crutches, determined to be a survivor with a new appreciation for life.


Years later in the 1990s, a series of recordings from her first concert since the accident was released. These archives, recorded in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were found in the attic of one of Cline's former residences by the current owners and given to the family. The album, released in 1995, is titled "Patsy Cline: Live At the Cimmarron Ballroom."


The height of her career: 1960-1961

After the success of "I Fall to Pieces," Cline needed a follow-up, particularly because her near-fatal car accident had required that she spend a month in the hospital, which meant lost time from touring and promotions. The famous follow-up to her hit was written by Willie Nelson and called "Crazy," which Cline originally hated. Her first recording session recording "Crazy" turned out to be a disaster, and Cline claimed that the song was too difficult to sing. She tried to record "Crazy" like the demo recording of it (which was sung by its songwriter), but had a tough time recording it not only because of its demo, but because she found the high notes hard to sing due to her wounded ribs from her car accident. The entire day in the studio at Decca was a head-on fight between Cline and Owen Bradley. However, when the song was finally recorded the next week in one take by Cline, she recorded a version that was completely different from the demo, and because of this, it turned out to become a classic and, ultimately, Cline's signature song – the one for which she remains best known. In late 1961, the song was an immediate Country Pop crossover hit, and was also her biggest Pop hit, when it went into the Top 10 there. Friend Loretta Lynn later reported that the night Cline premiered "Crazy" at the Grand Ole Opry, she received three standing ovations. I Fall to Pieces is a famous Country/Pop ballad written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard and was first recorded and released as a single by Patsy Cline in 1961. ... For the record label, see Hospital Records. ... Willie Nelson (born Willie Hugh Nelson, April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ... Crazy is a famous ballad composed by Willie Nelson and first recorded by Patsy Cline. ... Look up crazy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... The cover of Bradleys biggest single as a performer, Big Guitar. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ...


The success of "Crazy" was a hit on three different charts, the Hot Country Songs list, the US Hot 100 list, and the Adult Contemporary list. Soon an album was released that November entitled Showcase With the Jordanaires, that featured Cline's two big hits that year. The album brought success to Cline late that year. Crazy is a famous ballad composed by Willie Nelson and first recorded by Patsy Cline. ... Hot Country Songs is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Showcase With the Jordanaires album released by Patsy Cline in 1961. ...


Affect & Influence

Cline was the first female in the industry to prove that she could surpass her male competitors in terms of record sales and concert tickets. Cline is often considered a "pioneer" and "heroine" by her female contemporaries, who claim that she broke down doors in the industry for women when it was dominated and ruled by men. In retrospect, it was Cline who opened the door to greater pop-influence for country female vocalists, like Lynn Anderson, Crystal Gayle, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood. Lynn Anderson (b. ... Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb January 9, 1951) is an American country music singer, and is the sister of legendary country singer Loretta Lynn and distant cousin of singer Patty Loveless. ... Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American singer and country music performer, and actress. ... Audrey Faith Perry McGraw, known professionally by her first married name Faith Hill (born September 21, 1967), is an American country singer, known for her commercial success as well as her marriage to fellow country singer Tim McGraw. ... Shania Twain, OC (born Eilleen Regina Edwards, August 28, 1965, Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian singer and songwriter in the country and pop music genres. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American pop country music singer who won the fourth season of American Idol. ...


Guitarist/Producer Harold Bradley said of Cline in the 2003 book Remembering Patsy: "She's taken the standards for being a country music vocalist, and she raised the bar. Women, even now, are trying to get to that bar.... If you're going to be a country singer, if you're not going to copy her -- and most people do come to town copying her -- then you have to be aware of how she did it. It's always good to know what was in the past because you think you're pretty hot until you hear her.... It gives all the female singers coming in something to gauge their talents against. And I expect it will forever."


Despite her name, Cline proved she was "nobody's patsy" many times in her life. She was in control of her own career, making it clear that she could stand up to any man -- verbally and professionally -- and challenge their rules if they got in the way of where she felt her career should be headed. In a day and time when concert promoters often cheated stars out of their money by promising to pay them after the show and running with the money during the concert, Cline stood up to many of the male promoters before she even took the stage and demanded their money by claiming: "No dough, no show." According to friend Roy Druskey on the 1986 documentary The Real Patsy Cline: "Before one concert we hadn't been paid. And we were talking about who was going to tell the audience that we couldn't perform without pay. Patsy said 'I'll tell 'em!' And she did!" Friend Faron Young stated "It was common knowledge around town that you didn't mess with 'The Cline'!" A Faron Young promotional photo. ...


When Cline made her first recordings in 1955, Kitty Wells, known as "The Queen of Country Music," was the undisputed top female vocalist in the country music field. By the time Cline broke through as a consistent hit maker in 1961, Wells was still country's biggest female star. However, Cline dethroned Wells when, for two years in a row, she won Billboard Magazine's "Favorite Female Country & Western Artist" and the 1962 Music Reporter "Star of The Year" award. The two country queens could not have been more different, given that Cline's husky, full-throated, sophisticated sound was a marked contrast to Wells' pure-country, quivering vocals. Cline proved her name as such a household word that she needed no "royal" title other than her name to prove her popularity. Though she was gaining attention on Country and Pop charts, she did not think of herself as anything other than a country singer and was known for her humility in her motto "I don't want to get rich -- just live good." Kitty Wells (born Ellen Muriel Deason on August 30, 1919) is an American Country Music Singer. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...

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With Cline’s success climbing the record charts, she was in high demand on the concert circuit. Whereas most women in Country Music at that time were only considered “window dressing,” opening acts or extra attractions for the more popular and higher paid male star headliners, Cline was the first to headline her own show and receive top billing above many of the male stars with whom she toured. While bands typically backed up the female singer, Cline led the band through the concert instead. Cline was so respected by men in the industry, that, rather than being introduced to audiences as “Pretty Miss Patsy Cline” as her female colleagues often were, she was given a more stately introduction such as that given by Johnny Cash on their 1962 tour together: “Ladies and Gentlemen, the one and only Patsy Cline.” As an artist, Cline held her fan base in extreme high regard (many of which became lifelong friends), staying for hours after concerts to chat with them and sign autographs. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wikiquote is a sister project of Wikipedia, using the same MediaWiki software. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ...


Cline was not only the first woman in Country Music to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall (which she did with fellow Opry members with disapproval from elite gossip columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, whom Cline fired back at) but also to headline the Hollywood Bowl with Johnny Cash and, later, in 1962, the first woman in Country Music to headline her own show in Las Vegas. This success enabled Cline to buy her dream home in Nashville's Goodletsville community, personally decorated in her style featuring real gold dust sprinkled in the bathroom tiles and a music room. Loretta Lynn stated in a 1986 documentary interview "She called me into the front yard and said 'Isn't this pretty? Now I'll never be happy until I have my Mama one just like it.'" Cline called her home "The house that Vegas built" since she was able to pay it off with the money she earned during her time there. Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ... Dorothy Mae Kilgallen (July 3, 1913 – November 8, 1965) was an Irish-American journalist and television game show panelist, perhaps best known nationally for her coverage of the Sam Sheppard trial, her syndicated newspaper column, The Voice of Broadway, and her role as panelist on the television game show What... Hollywood Bowl in 2005. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... Vegas redirects here. ...


With this new demand for Cline came a higher price tag and, reportedly, towards the end of her life she was being paid at least $1,000 for her appearances -- then an unheard of fee for women in the Country Music industry since they usually grossed less than $200. In fact, her second to last concert, held in Birmingham, Alabama, grossed Cline $3,000.


To match her new sophisticated sound, Cline also reinvented her personal style, shedding her western trademark cowgirl outfits for elegant designer sequined gowns, cocktail dresses, spiked heels and even gold lame pants. Cline’s new image was considered riskier and sexier by a then conservative Country Music industry that was more accustomed to gingham and calico dresses for women. But like her sound, Cline’s style in fashion was mocked by many at first, but then quickly copied. Cline also loved dangly earrings, ruby red lipstick and her favorite perfume was Wind Song.


During her short career of only five and a half years, Patsy Cline received 12 prestigious awards for her achievements in music and three more following her death. Most of these were Cashbox, Music Reporter and Billboard Awards, which were considered high honors during her time. Awards such as the ACM and CMA's were not established until after her death, and the Nashville chapter of The Grammys wasn't founded until 1964. Cash Box magazine was a weekly publication devoted to the music and coin-operated machine industry. ... The Billboard Music Awards, held annually in December, is one of four major music awards shows presented each year (the others being the American Music Awards, the Grammys, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ...


Cline stated of her success in a letter to friend Anne Armstrong (from the 1993 documentary Remembering Patsy): "It's wonderful -- but what do I do for '63? Its getting so even I can't follow Cline!"


The height of her career: 1962-1963

In late 1961, Cline was back in the studio once again to record some songs for her upcoming album in 1962. One of the first songs recorded in late 1961 was the song "She's Got You." The song was written by Hank Cochran, and Cochran pitched the song over the phone to Cline, before she actually recorded it. This song was actually one of the few songs Cline ever enjoyed recording. The song was released as a single in January 1962, and soon was another Country Pop crossover hit, becoming her second #1 hit on the Country charts. "She's Got You" was also Cline's only entry onto the United Kingdom's singles chart. The song was a minor hit over there, reaching #43. Following the success of "She's Got You," Cline enjoyed a string of minor hits that year, starting with the #10 Country hit "When I Get Thru' With You." Her other hits that year, include "So Wrong," "Imagine That" and "Strange." For the illustrated magazine, see Studio Magazine. ... Shes Got You is a famous Country/Pop song written by Hank Cochran and was first recorded and released as a single by Patsy Cline in 1962. ... Garland Perry Hank Cochran (born August 2, 1935 in Isola, Mississippi) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ... Country Pop is a subgenre of country music that first emerged in the 1970s, with roots in both the countrypolitan sound and in soft rock. ... Shes Got You is a famous Country/Pop song written by Hank Cochran and was first recorded and released as a single by Patsy Cline in 1962. ... When I Get Thru With You was a song written for Patsy Cline in 1962 and became a minor hit for her that year also. ... So Wrong is a Country song written by Carl Perkins and popularized by Patsy Cline. ... For other uses, see Imagine That (disambiguation). ...


These were followed by an appearance on American Bandstand and the release of a third album that August called Sentimentally Yours. When asked in a WSM radio interview about her vocal stylings, Cline stated: "Oh I just sing like I hurt inside." Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand American Bandstand was a long-running dance music television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. ... Sentimentally Yours was an album released by Patsy Cline in 1962. ...


Though she was in high demand and her career was at its peak, the wear and tear of the road and business began to present the possibility of a short term retirement for Cline, who longed to spend more time raising her children, Julie and Randy, especially after headling her own show in Las Vegas at the end of 1962. Vegas redirects here. ...


A month before her death, Cline went into the studio to record her fourth album, Faded Love. Recording a mix of Country standards and vintage pop classics, such as Irving Berlin's "Always" and "Does Your Heart Beat For Me," these sessions proved to be most contemporary sounding of her career, without any Country Music instruments and featuring a full string section. (Owen Bradley told Patsy author Margaret Jones that he and Cline had even talked of doing an album of showtunes and standards before her death, including "Can't Help Loving That Man of Mine", since Cline was a fan of Helen Morgan) Cline, so involved with the story in the song's lyrics, reportedly cried through most of what would be her last sessions. This emotion can be heard on certain tracks, especially "Sweet Dreams" and "Faded Love." At the play back party that night at the studio, according to singer Jan Howard, on the documentary Remembering Patsy, Patsy held up a copy of her first record and a copy of her newest tracks and stated "Well, here it is... the first and the last."


Tragic death

As stated in the 1980 Ellis Nassour biography, Patsy Cline, friends Dottie West and June Carter Cash both recalled Cline telling them that she felt a sense of impending doom and didn't expect to live much longer in the months leading up to her death. Loretta Lynn was also informed by Cline of this, along with Cash and West, as early as September 1962. [3]Cline, though known for her extreme generosity, even began giving away personal items to friends, writing out her own last will on Delta Air Lines stationery and asking close friends to care for her children if anything should happen to her. She reportedly told Jordanaire back up singer Ray Walker as she exited the Grand Ole Opry a week before her death: "Honey, I've had two bad ones (accidents). The third one will either be a charm or it'll kill me." Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer. ... Valerie June Carter Cash (June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003) was a singer, songwriter, actress and comedian and was a member of the Carter Family, and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ...


On March 3, 1963, Patsy, though ill with the flu, gave a stellar final performance at a benefit show at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, for the family of a disc jockey, Cactus Jack Call, who had recently died in an automobile accident. Also performing on the show were George Jones, George Riddle and The Jones Boys, Billy Walker, Dottie West, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, and George McCormick and the Clinch Mountain Clan. Cline wore a white chiffon gown and closed the show with her performance to a thunderous ovation. Her last song was the last one she recorded during her last sessions the previous month, "I'll Sail My Ship Alone." is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other persons named George Jones, see George Jones (disambiguation). ... George Read Riddle (1817 – March 29, 1867) was an American engineer, lawyer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. ... Billy Walker (January 14, 1929 – May 21, 2006) was an American country-music singer and guitarist, nicknamed The Tall Texan. ... Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer. ... Cowboy Copas Lloyd Estel Copas (July 15, 1913 – March 5, 1963), better known by his stage name Cowboy Copas, was an American country singer. ... Harold Franklin Hawkins (December 22, 1921 – March 5, 1963), better known by his stage name Hawkshaw Hawkins, was a country music singer and member of the Grand Ole Opry from Huntington, West Virginia. ...


Dottie West, wary of Cline flying, pleaded with her to ride back in the car with her and her husband, Bill. Cline, anxious to get home to her children, refused West's offer, saying "Don't worry about me, hoss. When it's my time to go, its my time." She called her mother from the airport and then boarded a Piper Comanche bound for Nashville, flown by her manager Randy Hughes, along with Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. After stopping to refuel in Dyersburg, Tennessee, the plane took off at 6:07 pm. According to revelations by the airfield manager in the Nassour biography, he suggested that they stay the night after advising of high winds and inclement weather on the flight path, but Hughes responded, "I've already come this far. We'll be there before you know it." However, they never made it to Nashville. The plane flew into severe weather and crashed at 6:20 p.m., according to Patsy's wrist watch, in a forest just outside of Camden, Tennessee, only 90 miles from the destination. There were no survivors. Patsy Cline was 30 years old.[4] Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer. ... The Piper PA-24 Comanche is a four-seat light utility aircraft first launched in 1957. ... Location within the U.S. State of Tennessee Coordinates: Cities in Tennessee Tennessee Mayor John Holden Area    - City 39. ... Camden is a city in Benton County, Tennessee, United States. ...


Throughout the night, reports of the missing plane flooded the radio airwaves. Roger Miller told Patsy Cline author Ellis Nassour that he and a friend went searching for any survivors in the early hours of the morning: "As fast as I could I ran through the woods screaming their names -- through the brush and the trees and I came up over this little rise, oh, my God, there they were. It was ghastly. The plane had crashed nose down." Not long after the victims were removed, scavengers came to take what they could of the stars' personal belongings and pieces of the plane. Many of these items were later donated to The Country Music Hall of Fame, with the exception of the white chiffon dress that Patsy had worn for her last concert. It was never found. A section of the album jacket for Golden Hits Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. ...


Nashville was in shock over the losses. News of the tragedy screamed across headlines of newspapers the next morning. Per her wishes, Cline was brought home to her dream house for the last time before her memorial service, which thousands attended. Hours later, news that singer Jack Anglin had died on the way to her service surfaced, and the Opry mounted a special tribute show to honor the victims. (March, 1963 would prove to be the grimmest month in Opry history, ending with the death of former Opry star Texas Ruby, one of Cline's early influences, in a fire on March 29, bringing the total of Opry star deaths in one month to five.) Texas Ruby, born Ruby Agnes Owens (June 4, 1910 (some sources say 1907 or 1908) - March 29, 1963) in Wise County, Texas was a pioneering country music female vocalist of the 1930s through the early 1960s. ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


She was buried in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia, at Shenandoah Memorial Park. Her mother had her grave marked with a simple bronze plaque, which reads: "Death Cannot Kill What Never Dies: Love." With the help of Loretta Lynn and Dottie West a bell tower, erected in her memory at the cemetery, plays hymns daily at 6:00 p.m., the hour of her death. A memorial marks the place where the plane crashed in the still remote forest outside of Camden, Tennessee. Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1802 Mayor Elizabeth Minor Area    - City 24. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer. ... Camden is a city in Benton County, Tennessee, United States. ...


While her life may have ended, her fan following did not. In fact, her life and career have acquired almost iconic status, so that she has become a rather greater and more widely-admired star in death than she was in life.


Legacy: 1963-1985

Three songs became hits after Cline's death: "Sweet Dreams," "Leavin' On Your Mind" and "Faded Love." More albums of unreleased material followed posthumously, starting with The Patsy Cline Story in the summer of 1963. This album replaced Cline's planned fourth album, originally to have been released that March and titled Faded Love. Owen Bradley produced all of these tracks. The majority featured the legendary back-up vocal group The Jordanaires, who also appeared on many of Elvis Presley's albums. The album's cover photo and design, featuring Patsy in a smoky haze of gold and with simple titles across the top, is also considered the first contemporary album cover art in Country Music history. Sweet Dreams or Sweet Dreams (Of You) is a country ballad, which was written by Don Gibson. ... Leavin On Your Mind is a famous Country/Pop song written by Wayne Walker and was popularized by Patsy Cline in 1963. ... Faded Love was a song written by country singer Bob Wills and it became a hit for him as well. ... The Patsy Cline Story was a double compilation album released by Decca Records in 1963 for Patsy Cline. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ...


As the 1960s and early 70s moved on, MCA (new owner of Cline’s former label, "Decca") continued to issue Patsy Cline albums, so that Cline has had several posthumous hits, starting in early 1964 with a Top 25 Country hit "He Called Me Baby," a song recorded during Cline's "last sessions" in 1963, which was then released on her 1964 album That's How a Heartache Begins. Her Greatest Hits album continues to appear on the Country Music charts to this day, since its release in 1967. It held the record as being the album to stay on the Country Charts the longest, until Garth Brooks surpassed it in the 1990s. However, it still holds the record for an album by a female artist. This Is How a Heartache Begins is the name of a compilation album released by Decca Records, to release some of legendary Country Music singer, Patsy Clines material from the 1950s and 1960s. ... 12 Greatest Hits or simply Greatest Hits is a compilation album produced by Owen Bradley to promtoe an album of Patsy Clines biggest hits. ... Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ...


In 1973, Cline was elected to The Country Music Hall of Fame along with guitarist/RCA producer Chet Atkins, making her the first female solo artist in Country Music history to receive that honor. Johnny Cash inducted Cline, from the CMA Awards, which was televised live from the Ryman Auditorium. Along with the standard induction bronze plaque, the Hall houses a few of Cline's stage outfits, letters to her fan club president, and personal effects recovered from the crash site, including her "Dixie" cigarette lighter. This official history of the Country Music Hall of Fame skirts the scandals well-documented by veteran Music Row historian Stacy Harris. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... The Ryman Auditorium The Ryman Auditorium is a 2,362-seat live performance venue located at 116 Fifth Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, and is best-known as the one-time home of the Grand Ole Opry. ...


By the late 70s, Cline’s name occasionally appeared in magazine articles and television interviews by her friends, namely Dottie West and Loretta Lynn, who credited her with inspiration for the success they were seeing at that time. In fact, Lynn recorded a tribute album dedicated to Cline, "I Remember Patsy" and scored a hit with Cline's 1962 hit "She's Got You." Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ...


It was encounters with MCA/Decca recording star Loretta Lynn by MCA manager of artist relations Ellis Nassour that led to a series of magazine profiles and the first of two complete biographies by Nassour with interviews with Patsy's mother Hilda Hensley, her husbands, intimate friends and peers such as Dottie West, Brenda Lee and Faron Young. Nassours biography Patsy Cline (revised and expanded in 1992 to Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline) has long served as perhaps the most definitive Cline biography, often used as a factual reference by other authors for later publications on Cline due to its extensive interviews and information. Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ...


Loretta Lynn published her biography, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which featured a chapter dedicated to her friendship with Cline. Lynn’s biopic of the same name followed and featured actress Beverly D'Angelo, (who used her own voice) as Cline. Contrary to the movie's script, Cline and Lynn never toured together as Cline never owned her own bus and stars during her time usually traveled in caravans and limos. Public interest in Patsy Cline began to increase. Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ... Beverly DAngelo (born November 15, 1951 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American singer and actress. ...


Singles continued to be released by MCA records through much of the 70s, but none of the singles actually charted on the Country list. In 1980 however, MCA, released an overdubbed version of her version of the song "Always," which was recorded back in 1963. The song went on to become a charted Country hit, peaking at #18 on the Hot Country Songs list in 1980. An album of the same name was released that year. In 1981, an electronically-produced duet between Cline and Jim Reeves (another legendary Country singer, who died a year after Patsy Cline, and sadly died from the same fate Cline did). Their duet of "Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)" was a Top 5 Country hit that year. Like Cline, Jim Reeves gained a massive fan following after his death, as well as a string of re-issued singles. MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by Music Corporation of America (MCA). ... Look up always in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Hot Country Songs is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Movies & documentaries

With Loretta Lynn's Coal Miner's Daughter book and hit motion picture making headlines, talk of a picture devoted solely on Patsy Cline's life story began to transpire.


In 1985, HBO/Tri Star Pictures produced Sweet Dreams: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline, starring actress Jessica Lange, lip-syncing as Cline, actor Ed Harris as Cline’s husband, Charlie Dick, and actress Ann Wedgeworth as Hilda Hensley, Cline's mother. The film depicted Cline's marriage to Dick as abusive, falsely portraying Cline as a victim of domestic violence and blowing their marital strife out of proportion. Dottie West said of the couple's disagreements in a 1986 interview: "It was always very interesting to watch -- because you ALWAYS knew Patsy was going to win! He was her man. He was her lover." Cline’s family and friends claimed that this and other sequences in the film were inaccurately fictionalized for Hollywood and were not pleased with the final product. Cline's mother was quoted in a 1985 edition of People magazine: "The producers told me they were going to make a love story. I saw the film once. That was enough. Jessica (Lange) did well with what she had to work with." Cline's widower, Charlie Dick, stated in the same article: "Its a great film -- if you like fiction." Despite the film's controversy, the picture became a hit, and Lange was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance, one that she credits today as one of her favorites. The soundtrack to the film was a great success, and Patsy Cline’s discography began to climb the record charts again. Suddenly, people everywhere seemingly couldn't get enough of Patsy Cline. Sweet Dreams is a 1985 biographical film which tells the life story of country music singer Patsy Cline. ... Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Edward Allen Harris (born November 28, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, known for his performances in The Rock, The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, Pollock, and The Truman Show, among many others. ... Elizabeth Ann Wedgeworth (born January 21, 1935 in Abilene, Texas) is an American actress, best known for her role as Lahoma Vane Lucas on the daytime dramas Another World (1967-1970) and Somerset (1970-1973). ... Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer. ... ... People, a weekly magazine of celebrity and popular culture news, debuted on February 27, 1974. ...


Hoping to set the record straight on her personal life, Cline’s family and friends have produced a series of videos/documentaries since Sweet Dreams including The Real Patsy Cline, Remembering Patsy and most recently Sweet Dreams Still: The Live Collection. One of these, Remembering Patsy, was used on the A&E Channel's award winning show "Biography" in the 1990s.


Legacy: 1990–present

In 1992, the U.S. Postal Service honored her, along with Hank Williams, on a U.S. postage stamp. Also in 1992, MCA released a 4 CD/Cassette Collection of the discography, called The Patsy Cline Collection. This boxed set, which includes a booklet chronicling Cline's career (with many rare photos), remains one of the top 10 bestselling boxed collections in the record industry.


In 1993, the Grand Ole Opry opened its museum beside The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. It includes a permanent Patsy Cline exhibit, displaying several of her awards, stage outfits, wigs, make-up, hairbrush and a fully-furnished replica of her dream home’s music room.


1993 also marked the 30th anniversary of the 1963 plane crash. To commemorate the event, The Grand Ole Opry televised its Saturday night segment as a tribute to Cline, Hawkins and Copas. With Cline's widower, Charlie, and their daughter, Julie, onhand, friend Jan Howard paid tribute to Cline singing "I Fall to Pieces" (which her ex-husband, Harlan Howard, cowrote), followed by Loretta Lynn who performed "She's Got You." The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... Jan Howard (born Lula Grace Johnson on March 13, 1930 in West Plains, Missouri) was one of the trail-blazing country music female vocalists of the 1960s. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ...


That same year, the musical play Always…Patsy Cline premiered, produced by Ted Swidley, chronicling the real-life story of Mississippi native Louise Seger, at the time a Houston, Texas fan who met Cline after a concert one evening and became a lifelong friend. The revue has made its way across the U.S., running off-Broadway in New York, New York and for over a year at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium where it starred singer Mandy Barnett and sold out nightly. Other plays, based on Cline's life and career, have followed; including A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline which starred Julie Johnson and Patsy! (a version of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline that was performed only at the Grand Palace in Branson, MO). These are the only plays licensed by Legacy, Inc., the company operated by the family. All "Patsy Cline" related plays and merchandising are handled through the Legacy, Inc. office in the Nashville area. “Houston” redirects here. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Country singer Mandy Barnetts 1999 album, Mandy Barnett (born September 28, 1975 in Crossville, Tennessee) is a popular country music singer and stage actress. ...


Also in 1993, singers Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette included Cline's cover of Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" on their "Honky Tonk Angels" trio album, singing along with Cline's original track/vocal. Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is a Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated American country singer, songwriter, composer, author, actress, and philanthropist. ... Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer and songwriter. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Sr. ...


Cline became a member of the Texas Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1994. That same year, actress Delta Burke starred in her own television show entitled "Delta" as a Nashville waitress trying to make it into Country Music. The show referenced Patsy Cline throughout its run, and included several of Patsy Cline's hits, all sung by Burke. One episode took her to pay homage to Patsy Cline's grave where she meets another visitor, singer Tanya Tucker, who played herself. Delta Ramona Leah Burke (born July 30, 1956 in Orlando, Florida) is an American television and film actress. ...


Cline was portrayed on film again in the 1995 CBS bio pic Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story, featuring Michele Lee as Dottie West and actress Tere Myers as Cline. At that years Grammy Awards, she was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Barbra Streisand and Peggy Lee. On the Grand Ole Opry's 70th Anniversay Special on CBS, singer Martina McBride celebrated her induction as the Opry's newest member by paying tribute to Cline with her version of "Crazy." This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the Recording Academy to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording [1]. This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and... Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) was an American jazz and traditional pop singer and songwriter and Oscar-nominated performer. ... Martina McBride (born Martina Mariea Schiff, July 29, 1966 in Sharon, Kansas) is an American Grammy nominated country music singer-songwriter. ...


In 1997, Cline's recording of "Crazy" was named the #1 Jukebox Hit of All Time. "I Fall to Pieces" came in at # 17. In 1998, she was nominated to The Hollywood Walk of Fame by a dedicated fan and a street was named after her on the back lot of Universal Studios in 1999. I Fall to Pieces is a famous Country/Pop ballad written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard and was first recorded and released as a single by Patsy Cline in 1961. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ...


Also in 1999, VH1 named Cline #11 on its “100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll”. She was also honored with the Nashville Golden Voice Award in its Legend Category that same year. Singer Trisha Yearwood celebrated her induction to the Opry that same year, paying tribute to Cline with her version of "Sweet Dreams" and receiving a necklace worn by Cline as a gift to commemorate the event from Cline's widower, Charlie, and their daughter, Julie. VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ...


In 2002, CMT named her #1 on its “40 Greatest Women of Country Music.” Cline, like other artists featured on the show, was voted this position by artists and members of the music industry. Cline's place at number one was followed by those who've said she inspired them, particularly Tammy Wynette (#2) and Loretta Lynn (#3). CMT can refer to: Cadmium Mercury Telluride Canal Metropolitano Televisión Catalog Management Table Certified Market Technician Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Childrens Musical Theatreworks of Fresno, California Chip Multi Threading Comision del Mercado de las Telecommunicaciones, the Spanish communications industry regulator. ... Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer and songwriter. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ...


Cline's hit song "I Fall to Pieces" was listed at #107 on RIAA's list of Songs of the Century in 2001. Loretta Lynn also released the sequel to her biography "Coal Miner's Daughter" called "Still Woman Enough." Lynn again dedicated a chapter to her friendship with Cline called "Still Thinking of Patsy." One of Lynn's daughters is named after Cline and one of Brenda Lee's daughter's is named after Cline's daughter, Julie. I Fall to Pieces is a famous Country/Pop ballad written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard and was first recorded and released as a single by Patsy Cline in 1961. ... The Songs of the Century list is part of an education project by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Endowment for the Arts, and Scholastic Inc. ...


Throughout her career, country legend Reba McEntire has cited Cline as one of her childhood inspirations and, upon reaching stardom in the 1980s, several of her first albums featured Cline's hits. McEntire closed her live shows for years with Cline's signature hit "Sweet Dreams," but discontinued the encore after closing a show with it on March 15, 1991 when the airplane carrying her band crashed and killed everyone aboard early the next morning. McEntire has been compared to Cline in regards to her career control as a woman. Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American singer and country music performer, and actress. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


Grammy Award winning country singer LeAnn Rimes has often been touted to be the heir to Cline's legacy, because her remarkably rich, powerful vocals are quite similar to that of Cline's. In fact, Rimes has released covers of Cline's hit songs such as "Crazy" and "I Fall to Pieces," and has performed "Crazy" at the White House for George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Margaret LeAnn Rimes (born on August 28, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American country music singer. ... For other uses, see White House (disambiguation). ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Laura Lane Welch Bush (born November 4, 1946) is the wife of the forty-third and current President of the United States George W. Bush and is thereby the First Lady of the United States. ...


In 2003, MCA Records released "Remembering Patsy," a collection of Cline's hits performed to new arrangements by various artists including Michelle Branch, Natalie Cole, Nora Jones, Patty Griffin and Martina McBride. A coffee table book by the same name was also released by author Brian Mansfield in conjunction with the album, featuring many never before seen photos of Cline and stories told by her friends and family. Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch-Landau (born July 2, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. ... Natalie Maria Cole (born February 6, 1950), known professionally as Natalie Cole, is an American singer and songwriter. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Patty Griffin, born March 16, 1964, is an American singer-songwriter from Old Town, Maine, next to the Penobscot Indian reservation. ... Martina McBride (born Martina Mariea Schiff, July 29, 1966 in Sharon, Kansas) is an American Grammy nominated country music singer-songwriter. ...


One of the most heard Country Music albums of all time, "Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits", has sold 10 million copies worldwide since its 1967 release. Bob Ludwig remastered the set, and it’s been issued in its original cover art. [5] In 2005, the album Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits was certified by the RIAA as Diamond. That same year, that same album was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for staying on the overall music charts the longest of any female artist of any music genre in history. The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ...


That same year, her childhood home in Winchester, Virginia was listed on The National Register of Historic Places, complete with a bronze marker in its front yard. Cline was also memorialized in Nashville's downtown "Owen Bradley Park," her name on a slab of concrete featuring three of the hits that she and Bradley made famous. On the life-size grand piano upon which Bradley's statue sits is the sheet music for "I Fall to Pieces."


Cline's career and musical influence have been cited as inspirations by countless vocalists, including Tammy Wynette, Cyndi Lauper, Marianne Faithfull, Patti Smith, Dottie West, Barbara Mandrell, Michelle Branch, Amy Grant, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes. k.d. lang built her early career and first five albums on a character that was basically a tribute to Cline, both in vocal characteristics, fashion sense (the early Cline image of Western cowgirl skirts and cowboy boots), musical material covered and Lang's band was even named the Re-Clines. In those early years, Lang described herself as the reincarnation of Cline. On her 1988 Shadowland album, Lang recruited Owen Bradley to produce it. Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer and songwriter. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award-winning singer and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... Marianne Faithfull (born 29 December 1946) is an English singer and actress whose career spans over four decades. ... Patricia Lee (Patti) Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American musician, singer, and poet. ... Barbara Mandrell (b. ... Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch-Landau (born July 2, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American singer and country music performer, and actress. ... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ... Margaret LeAnn Rimes (born on August 28, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American country music singer. ... Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), best known by the stage name k. ...


Each year, fans from around the globe gather in Cline’s hometown of Winchester, where she is buried, to pay homage to her during its Labor Day and Memorial Day events. Efforts to erect a Patsy Cline museum in Winchester, Virginia, are still in the works. Sadly, a feud between her siblings regarding Patsy's mother's estate put Cline's stage costumes on the auction block in 2003 to pay for court costs. The feud attracted national media attention and the outspoken disappointment of Cline's fans, who had hoped to see the items donated to a museum as Cline's mother had intended. However, the group behind the museum effort, Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc., claims that the items are in good hands. Cline's brother died not long after the auctions. With the support and efforts of Patsy fans and supporters of the preservation of Patsy's life and career, a few items were secured from the auctions. One noted costume, Cline's famous red cowgirl outfit with white fringe made by her mother and worn on early television and live appearances, was secured by her daughter Julie. One of the outfits (sold to an unknown bidder) has turned up in a Smithsonian Institution exhibit. Other costumes of Cline's have been seen in the Hard Rock Cafe collection. Labour Day (or Labor Day) is an annual holiday that resulted from efforts of the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. ... Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed this year on 2007-05-28). ... The Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle on the National Mall serves as the Institutions headquarters. ... Hard Rock Cafe is a chain of casual dining restaurants. ...


Perhaps the greatest testament to her legacy, aside from her discography, is a fan base that continues to grow throughout the years, spanning generations and continents.


Family today

In December 1998, Cline’s mother, Hilda Hensley, died in Winchester, Virginia of natural causes (Cline's father had died in the 1950s). Hensley rarely granted live interviews, living the rest of her life practicing her craft as a master seamstress in Winchester and helping to raise her beloved grandchildren. Cline's daughter Julie stated in a 1985 People Magazine article: "Grannie loved my mother so much that its still hard for her to talk about her." Hensley stated in her later years that the outpouring of love given to her by Cline's fans over the years had been amazing. "I never knew so many people loved my daughter" she told one newspaper. Because Cline and her mother were so close in age, Cline often commented that her mother was also her best friend and the one person in life she could truly count on. Hensley also commented that Cline was a "wonderful daughter" who never let her family down in the hard times they endured. Cline's brother died in 2004, though her sister still lives in Virginia.


Patsy's husband, Charlie Dick, resides in Nashville, where he continues to be a well-known member of the Country Music community, producing documentaries on Cline and other artists through a video production company. Dick is very involved with Cline's fan base and considers them an extension of family, attending many fan functions. Daughter Julie joins him in representing Cline’s estate at public functions and has four children of her own (one, Virginia, named for Cline, was killed in an automobile accident in 1994) and three grandchildren, making Patsy Cline a great-grandmother. Son Randy was the drummer of a Nashville band and still resides in Nashville, although he chooses not to live in the limelight. Dick's brother, Mel, heads up the "Always... Patsy Cline" fan organization.


After Cline’s death, Charlie Dick married singer Jamey Ryan in 1965, but the two divorced years later. Charlie & Jamey have a son, and two more grandchildren. Ironically, Jamey Ryan provided the vocals for two songs in the film Sweet Dreams: "Bill Bailey (Won't You Please Come Home)" (a Cline concert favorite for many years, she finally recorded the song in 1963, during what would turn out to be her final series of recording sessions for Decca); and "Blue Christmas" (a tune that Cline never recorded). Ryan's sound is so close to Cline's that many fans search Cline's discography trying to find these two songs but soon discover that these tracks were recorded solely for the film and were not included on the soundtrack.


What others have said

(Quotes taken from the documentaries/shows Remembering Patsy, The Real Patsy Cline, CMT's The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll and BBC's Queens of Country)

  • "She set trends and patterns that will be followed as long as there is good music. If they’re going to do it right they’ll have to do it the Patsy Cline way because she couldn’t be beat!" - Carl Perkins
  • "Patsy Cline belongs shoulder to shoulder with Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgearld" - Elvis Costello
  • "It's wonderful that whenever Patsy Cline's name is mentioned, people's voices fall and they become right sentimental. And, rightly so." - Maya Angelou
  • "Undoubtedly, Patsy Cline was a trail blazer and in that respect, all women who are singular in a man's field have a special power." - Carly Simon
  • "The is no one who can touch Patsy Cline. Hell - I hang on every line!" - Jimmy Buffett
  • "All Patsy Cline had to do was sing somebody else’s song and her version would outsell theirs because it would be so good!" - George Jones
  • "I never met her and that is certainly my loss. Patsy Cline is and perhaps will always be the standard bearer for all female Country singers. She truly has been my inspiration." - Tammy Wynette
  • "She could sing Country, she could sing Pop, she could sing Jazz -- she could sing anything! She had the style and the voice and the charisma." - Eddy Arnold
  • "If it wasn't for people like Patsy, it wouldn't be possible for women like me to do what I do today." - k.d. lang
  • "Its a magic thats indescribable. She just absolutely knew how to sing a song. Just made you believe every word. There's never been another artist like her." - Trisha Yearwood
  • "She was the first female in Country Music to put her sexuality out there in a raw, accessible way." - Roseanne Cash
  • "The greatest compliment I could pay Patsy Cline is that she was one of the guys" - Roger Miller
  • "There was a lot of hurt in Patsy's voice. A lot of deep love in her voice. And I think she portrayed that." - June Carter Cash
  • "Patsy Cline? Larger than life! She taught me emotion: raw, sincere, unashamed.” - Reba McEntire
  • "She was so dedicated to her fans. She'd spend hours after a show and sign autographs, talk to them, treat them like family. And that always gets to me." - Minnie Pearl
  • "She was a lady, but when it came to her career, she had people (in the industry) right in the palm of her hand." - Barbara Mandrell
  • "She probably had the best pipes ever." - Toby Keith
  • "There’s never going to be another Patsy Cline. Without her, I don’t think I would have lasted." - Loretta Lynn
  • "Without a doubt, she is one of my favorite roles that I've ever played. I’ve never played anyone so natural, so uncomplicated before. I’ve played so many parts where everything has been hidden or rumbling underneath, but Patsy had a way of hitting life head on, nothing neurotic about her." - Jessica Lange
  • "She’s one of those talents that only comes once in our lifetimes. Once Patsy Cline sang a song there's no way to do it over, to remake it, to perfect it. Thats why she put that 'Patsy Cline stamp' on everything she ever did." - Roy Clark
  • "Its not like she died in a plane crash and that's why she's a legend. Its because she was a great singer!" - Crystal Gayle
  • "When I first came out with Blue, everyone compared me to Patsy Cline, which is the biggest honor, because I've always looked up to her." - LeAnn Rimes
  • "I was a Patsy Cline fan long before we ever met. I loved her for the person she was; good hearted and loyal. She loved her family, she loved to laugh and she loved to sing. I'm so glad her music is timeless." - Jan Howard
  • "Patsy Cline will still be around 1000 years from now." - Marty Stuart
  • "Her delivery was so special that people that maybe didn't like Country Music started listening to it because she had this mighty voice that was just heavenly! She didn't care what anybody thought about her. She was just out there saying ‘Hey, I can sing and I‘m a girl. I love it, so don't get in my way. Just let me sing and do my thing!’" - Dolly Parton
  • "I think Patsy Cline made Country Music classy. She just opens her mouth and its just heavenly." - Melissa Etheridge
  • "I guess you could say that I’m the luckiest girl because I got to meet my true hero. She was a precious person. She made me a better singer, a better person. She was the consummate artist and human being." - Dottie West

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Discography

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Studio albums released during her lifetime

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Charted singles

Year Single U.S. Country U.S. Hot 100 U.S. A.C. Album
1957 "Walkin' After Midnight" 2 12 - Patsy Cline
1957 "A Poor Man's Roses (Or a Rich Man's Gold)" 14 - - (Single Only)
1961 "I Fall to Pieces" 1 12 6 Showcase With the Jordanaires
1961 "Crazy" 2 9 2 Showcase With the Jordanaires
1961 "Who Can I Count On" - 99 - (Single Only)
1962 "She's Got You" 1 14 3 Sentimentally Yours
1962 "When I Get Thru' With You" 10 53 - (Single Only)
1962 "Imagine That" 21 90 - Sentimentally Yours
1962 "So Wrong" 14 85 - (Single Only)
1962 "Heartaches" - 73 - Sentimentally Yours
1963 "Leavin' On Your Mind" 8 83 - The Patsy Cline Story
1963 "Sweet Dreams" 5 44 15 The Patsy Cline Story
1963 "Faded Love" 7 96 - The Patsy Cline Story
1963 "When You Need a Laugh" 47 - - A Portrait
1964 "He Called Me Baby" 23 - - That's How a Heartache Begins
1968 "Anytime" 73 - - (Single Only)
1978 "Life's Railway to Heaven" 98 - - (Single Only)
1980 "Always" 18 - - Always
1980 "I Fall to Pieces" 56 - - Always
1981 "Have You Ever Been Lonely" (with Jim Reeves) 5 - - Greatest Hits - Jim Reeves & Patsy Cline
1982 "I Fall to Pieces" (with Jim Reeves) 54 - - Remembering
1999 "There He Goes" 70 - - (Single Only)

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Cover versions of Patsy Cline songs

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Record companies

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References

  1. ^ Patsy Cline at Patsy.nu
  2. ^ Patsy Cline Biography at All Music Guide
  3. ^ Jones, Margaret (1998). "Patsy Cline". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 98-9.
  4. ^ Patsy Cline at Countrypolitan.com
  5. ^ Patsy Cline Greatest Hits album at Soundstage.com

Further reading

  • Bego, Mark. I Fall to Pieces: The Music and the Life of Patsy Cline. Adams Media Corporation.
  • Hazen, Cindy and Mike Freeman. Love Always, Patsy. The Berkley Publishing Group.
  • Jones, Margaret (1998). "Patsy Cline". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 98-9.
  • Nassour, Ellis. Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline. St. Martins Press.
  • Wolff, Kurt. Country Music: The Rough Guide. Penguin Publishing.

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PATSY CLINE HOME PAGE (308 words)
PATSY CLINE, (Virginia Patterson Hensley), was born in the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia, on September 8, 1932.
In 1973 Patsy was elected posthumously to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and her reputation is on record as one of the major female vocalists of all time.
Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit corporation, is committed to perpetuating the memory of Patsy Cline through the establishment of a Patsy Cline Museum in Winchester, Virginia.
Encyclopedia4U - Patsy Cline - Encyclopedia Article (267 words)
Patsy Cline, (September 8, 1932 - March 5, 1963) was a country music singer.
Though she began her career recording rockabilly, it became clear that Cline's voice was best suited for pop/country crossover tunes.
Cline died in a plane crash at Camden, Tennessee while returning from Kansas City at the age of 30, in 1963.
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