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Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963), born
Virginia Patterson Hensley, was an
country music singer who enjoyed
pop music crossover success during the era of the
Nashville sound in the early 1960s. Since her death in 1963 at age 30
in a private airplane crash at the height of her career, she has
been considered one of the most influential, successful, and
acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century.
Cline was best known for her rich tone and emotionally expressive
bold contralto voice,
which, along with her role as a mover and shaker in the country
music industry, has been cited as an inspiration by many vocalists
of various music genres. Her life and career have been the subject
of numerous books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays.
Her hits included "Walkin' After Midnight", "I Fall to Pieces", "She's Got You", "Crazy" and "Sweet Dreams".
Posthumously, millions of her albums have sold over the past 50
years and she has been given numerous awards, which have given her
an iconic status with some fans similar to that of legends
Johnny Cash and
Elvis Presley. Ten years after her death,
she became the first female solo artist inducted to the
Hall of Fame.
In 2002, Cline was voted by artists and members of the country
music industry as number one on CMT's television special,
The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, and in 1999 she was
voted number 11 on VH1's special
The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll 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."
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
When Cline made her first recordings in 1955,
Kitty Wells, known as The Queen of Country
Music, was the top female vocalist in the 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 her by
Billboard magazine's Favorite Female
Country & Western Artist for two years in a row and the 1962
Music Reporter Star of The Year award.
The two country queens could not have been more different, given
that Cline's full-throated sophisticated sound was a marked contrast
to Wells' pure-country, quivering vocals. Though Cline had gained
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."
In 1963, three songs became Top 10 Country hits after Cline's
death: "Sweet Dreams", "Leavin' On Your
Mind" and "Faded Love". More albums of unreleased material followed, starting
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.
In the 1960s and early '70s, MCA (new owner of Cline’s former
label, Decca) continued to issue Cline albums, so she had several
posthumous hits, starting in early 1964 with a Top 25 country hit
"He Called Me Baby", a song recorded during her "last sessions" in
1963, which was then released on her 1964 album
That's How a Heartache Begins.
Her Greatest Hits
album, released in 1967, continues to appear on the country music
charts. It held the record as 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.
In 1973, Cline was elected to The
Hall of Fame along with guitarist and RCA producer
Chet Atkins, making her the first female
solo artist to receive that honor.
Johnny Cash inducted Cline for the CMA Awards show, 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, donated by singer
In the late 1970s, Cline’s name occasionally appeared in magazine
articles and television interviews with her friends, namely Dottie
West and Loretta Lynn, who credited her with inspiration for the
success they were seeing at that time. Lynn recorded a tribute album
dedicated to Cline, I Remember Patsy, and scored a hit with
Cline's 1962 hit "She's Got You".
It was encounters by Ellis Nassour, then-manager of MCA artist
relations, with MCA-Decca recording star Lynn that led to a series
of magazine profiles and ultimately to
Honky Tonk Angel, the first of two Nassour biographies, featuring
interviews with Cline's mother, Hilda Hensley; her husbands;
intimate friends and peers such as West, Brenda Lee, and Faron
Lynn's own autobiography,
Coal Miner's Daughter (1976), featured a chapter
dedicated to her friendship with Cline, and Lynn’s
biopic of the same name which opened to rave
reviews four years later, starred Sissy Spacek as Lynn in her first
musical role and featured actress
Beverly D'Angelo in the role of Patsy. D'Angelo, (who sang in the
pic instead of miming to playback as Jessica Lange would do five
years later in
Sweet Dreams was said at
the time to deliver a powerful but poignant performance of her
somewhat brief role.) Contrary to the script of Coal Miner's
Daughter however, Cline and Lynn never toured together, as Cline
never owned her own bus and stars during her time usually traveled
in caravans and limousines.
It was said at the time, and many continue to that if Coal
Miner's Daughter hadn't garnered such a wide audience, there might
never have been an interest in Cline's life, a highly romanticized
and fictionalized account of which was covered in the 1985 biopic
Sweet Dreams. Loretta
continues to say that if her own effort resulted in honoring the
legacy of her great friend, then she is extremely pleased.
Singles continued to be released by
MCA records through much
of the 1970s, but none charted on the country list. In 1980,
however, MCA released an overdubbed version of her version of the
song "Always", recorded in 1963. The song reached No. 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 the year after Cline from the same fate. Their duet of
"Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)" was a No. 5
country hit that year. Like Cline, Reeves gained a massive fan
following after his death, as well as a string of re-issued singles.
In 1983, due in part to the success of the biopic Coal Miner's
Sissy Spacek in the title role, chronicling
the early life of country superstar
Loretta Lynn, producer Bernard Schwartz
undertook massive amounts of research in order to bring the story of
Patsy Cline to the big screen. Much of this research formed the
basis for the book Patsy by Margaret Jones released in 1990.
For the film, Jessica Lange was cast in the title role and lip
synched to Cline's original vocals laid onto a newly-recorded
digital background. These new digital recordings brought Cline's
voice to the forefront of American consciousness once again,
garnering several hits from the soundtrack album.
In 1992, the U.S. Postal Service honored her, along with
Hank Williams, the Carter Family and
Bob Wills on a 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 in Nashville, which
includes a 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 Opry televised its Saturday night segment
as a tribute to Cline, Hawkins and Copas. With Cline's widower,
Charlie, and their daughter, Julie, on hand, 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".
Also in 1993, 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 vocals.
Cline became a member of the Texas Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1994.
That same year, actress
Delta Burke starred in her television show,
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.
Cline was portrayed on film again in the 1995 CBS biopic Big
Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story, featuring
Michele Lee as Dottie West and actress
as Cline. At that year's Grammy Awards, Cline was honored with a
Achievement Award, with
Barbra Streisand and
Peggy Lee. On the Grand Ole Opry's 70th Anniversary 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."
In 1997, Cline's recording of "Crazy" was named the number one
jukebox hit of all time; "I Fall to Pieces" came in at No. 17. In 1998, she was nominated to
The Hollywood Walk of Fame by a
dedicated fan, and received her star in 1999; later a street was
named after her on the back lot of
Also in 1999, VH1 named Cline number eleven on its 100 Greatest
Women of Rock and Roll. She was also honored with the Nashville
Voice Award in its
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.
In 2002, CMT named her number one on its 40
Greatest Women of Country Music. Balloting was by artists and
members of the music industry. Her place at number one was followed
by those women who've said she inspired them, Tammy Wynette (No. 2)
and Loretta Lynn (No. 3).
Cline's hit song, "I Fall to Pieces" was listed at No. 107 on RIAA's list of
Songs of the Century in 2001. Lynn released a sequel to her
autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter, called Still Woman
Enough and 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.
Throughout her career, country legend
Reba McEntire has cited Cline as one of
her childhood inspirations and, upon reaching stardom in the 1980s,
featured Cline's hits on several of her first albums. 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.
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 has been
reissued in its original cover art.
In 2005, the album Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits was certified
by the RIAA as diamond (designating the sale of 10 million). That
same year, the album was listed in the
Book of World Records for staying on the music charts the
longest of any female artist of any music genre in history.
Also in 2003, her childhood home in Winchester, Virginia was
listed on The National Register of Historic Places with a
bronze marker in front. Cline was also memorialized in Nashville's
downtown Owen Bradley Park with 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".
Each year, fans gather in Cline’s hometown of Winchester,
Virginia, where she is buried, to pay homage to her. They gather on
the Labor Day weekend because it is close to her
birthdate. September 8, 2007, was the 20th annual gathering. Charlie
and Julie and all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren as
well as other family members attended. Efforts to open a Patsy Cline
museum in Winchester are ongoing.
In 2009, Willie Nelson dedicated The Patsy Cline Theatre in
Winchester, Virginia, after a renovation was completed at her former
school, John Handley High School, originally built in 1923.
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