Patsy Cline fans will already know, she only lived to be 30, but she was a remarkable woman. Born in 1932, Patsy barely had an eighth-grade education and came from a single-parent home. Born and raised in Winchester, Virginia, she lived ‘on the wrong side of town’ with her mother and siblings in a house with no electricity or running water. At 13, there was no choice but for Patsy to get work to help feed the family. Sound like a country music song? Indeed. But, Patsy’s mother recognised her daughter’s talents and not only made the singer’s signature cowgirl dresses, but drove her to various honky tonks for evening gigs. Patsy made a name for herself in the local area and became part of a well-known radio show.
On July 1, 1955 Cline made her network television debut on the short-lived version of the Grand Ole Opry. In 1956, she auditioned for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts in New York City, and was accepted to sing on the TV show on January 21, 1957. The audience adored Patsy and she won the competition. "Walkin' After Midnight" reached No. 2 on the country chart and No. 12 on the pop chart, making Cline one of the first country singers to have a crossover pop hit. In 1958, Cline and her husband moved to Nashville.
On January 9, 1960, Cline realised a lifelong dream when the Grand Ole Opry accepted her request to join the cast, making her the only person to achieve membership in such a fashion. She became one of the Opry's biggest stars. Tragically, Patsy and her brother were involved in a horrific car accident in the summer of 1961 which nearly killed her. "I Fall to Pieces" had been released earlier that year, but due to her hospital stay, the single wasn’t promoted to any degree. Needing a hit to re-establish Patsy after her recovery, "Crazy", a song written by Willie Nelson, was played for her. Ironically, Patsy expressed dislike of the song that ultimately became a classic and her signature song.
On March 3, 1963, Patsy performed a benefit in Kansas City, Kansas. Due to fly home the next day, the flight was cancelled due to fog. Patsy declined a ride back to Nashville with Dottie West and on March 5 boarded a Piper PA-24 Comanche plane. Horrifically, the flight crashed in heavy weather 90 miles from its Nashville destination with no survivors. Patsy was buried at Shenandoah Memorial Park in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia.
In 1973, she was the first female solo artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Johnny Cash announced the honour which was televised live from Ryman Auditorium.
In April 2017, the long awaited Patsy Cline Museum opened above the Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville. It celebrates the life of the legendary songstress and features hundreds of never before seen artifacts, personal belongings, videos and much more.
For the first time, fans can actually stay in Patsy’s dream hideaway, just outside Nashville. Imagine spending time in the same room where the country legend entertained friends like Loretta Lynn and Dottie West. Nothing much has changed since those days, so it's just like stepping back in time.
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