Singer Patsy Cline
birth name: Virginia Patterson Hensley

Patsy Cline

September 8, 1932, Gore, VA ~ March 5, 1963, Camden, TN

Cline was best known for her rich tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice and her role as a country music industry pioneer. She helped pave the way for women as headline performers in the genre. Cline's was cited as an inspiration by singers in several genres. Books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays document her life and career. Her hits began in 1957 with Don Hecht's ‘Walkin' After Midnight,’ Harlan Howard's ‘I Fall to Pieces,’ Hank Cochran's ‘She's Got You,’ Willie Nelson's ‘Crazy’ and ended in 1963 with Don Gibson's ‘Sweet Dreams.’ Millions of her records have sold since her death. She won awards and accolades, leading some fans to view her as an icon at the level of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. ~ Wikipedia: Patsy Cline ~ retrieved September 6, 2013 © Wikipedia

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September 8, 1962 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) Little Eva, The Loco-Motion ~ #2 (4) Ray Charles, You Don't Know ~ #1 (1) Tommy Roe, Sheila


With an ability to sound delicate and powerful at the same time she was able to reach Pop success without sacrificing her Traditional Country sound. The Rock and Roll Hall has not had a history of recognizing Traditional Country stars but one with this type of success may be hard to ignore forever. ~ Not In Hall Of Fame: Patsy Cline ~ retrieved December 12, 2015 © Not In Hall Of Fame

Patsy Cline ~ Ranked #11 VH-1 100 Greatest Women Of Rock & Roll in 1999.

In 2012 three Patsy Cline albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #498 Showcase (1961) ~ #106 Patsy Cline (1957) ~ #93 Sentimentally Yours (1962)

In 1995 two songs by Patsy Cline made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ I Fall To Pieces ~ Walkin' After Midnight

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