September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963
Just hearing a song by Patsy Cline brings back a time in my life (and a person) in which I look back with great fondness.
Patsy Cline (born Virginia Patterson Hensley) was an American singer. At a young age she taught herself to play the piano. Her rich tone and contralto voice allowed her to pursue a successful singing career.
At the age of 14, Patsy performed at a local radio station (WINC). In 1953, she decided to enter a music contest in which she came in first place, winning $100 and a chance to perform on the television broadcast, Connie B Gay’s Town and Country.
Patsy released several top ten hits in her 8 year career such as Crazy, Walking After Midnight, I Fall To Pieces, She’s Got You and Sweet Dreams.
In 1963, Patsy participated in a benefit show for the family of DJ Jack “Cactus” Hall who had been killed in a car accident. The benefit was held at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. On her return home, the plane she was in hit turbulent weather and crashed. All on board perished which included country singers Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins along with manager Randy Hughs. Patsy was 30 years old.
Patsy was a member of the Grand ole Opry.
In 1973, she became the first female performer inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 1999, Patsy was #11 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll and the Nashville Golden Voice Award (Legend Category).
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I fell in love with Patsy Cline’s music after seeing the movie Sweet Dreams, with Jessica Lange. Her voice was absolutely haunting. ❤
That was a good movie!
Patsy Cline had a fantastic voice thanks to a case of rheumatic fever that almost killed her. Another artist who died too soon.
It’s interesting how her singing voice changed after she became sick.
Lovely remembrance post of Patsy Cline. We loved her mewsic😺Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday🐾😽💞
I’ve loved Pasty Cline’s voice ever since I was a little girl!