It’s hard to believe that American legendary singer Patsy Cline only lived for 30 years and yet dominated the U.S Music Airwaves.
Patsy Cline’s legendary music career spanned just three albums and five-and-a-half years, but the woman behind the classic voice only lived until the age of 30.
Patsy Cline (born Virginia Patterson Hensley; September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American singer. She is considered one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century and was one of the first country music artists to successfully crossover into pop music. She had was a huge success with major hits during her eight-year recording career, that include two number one hits on Billboard Hot Country and Western Sides chart.
Nashville Car Accident.
Patsy Cline and her brother Sam Hensley, Jr. were involved in a fatal car accident in Nashville Tennessee on June 14th 1961.
In what looked like a family reunion after Cline bought a new house in Nashville, she invited her family which include her mother, father , sister and brother to come and see her new house. On the day of the accident, while everyone else was home in the new house, Cline took her brother to buy material for her mother to make clothing. Upon driving home, their car was struck head-on by another vehicle. The impact threw her directly into the car windshield, causing extensive facial injuries, she also suffered other injuries including broken wrist, dislocated hip and a large cut across her forehead, barely missing her eyes.
Cline survived the accident but two of the three passengers riding in the car that struck Cline died once arriving to the hospital.
Thanks to the doctors, Cline’s music career continue after she survived the accident.
Cline has another fatal accident, but this time with an aircraft.
On March 5, 1963 Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed in an airplane crash near Camden, Tennessee, also on-board the ill-fated Piper PA-24-250 Comanche aircraft was the pilot Randy Hughes who died in the accident.
The music superstars was returning home to Nashville after a music concert they performed in Kansas City, Kansas.
The accident happened shortly after the flight took off from a refueling stop, the pilot Randy Hughes lost control of the aircraft due to low visibility conditions, and subsequently crashed into a wooded area.
Patsy Cline Legacy.
Though she is dead but she lived in the hearts of many who still enjoy her music today, Cline has been has been posthumously honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame (she was the first female solo artist inducted), and a museum in Nashville dedicated to her legacy.
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Andrew Mikula : Patsy was such a phenomenal singer. Incredible range and sense of style, her phrasing.. really the whole package. Another song worthy of mention is I Fall to Pieces.
Tracy Bergman-Choisser : NO ONE CAN DUPLICATE PATSY. SHE IS MY NO.1 FAVORITE OF ALL TIME. SO SORRY SHE DIED SO YOUNG, BUT VERY PLEASED WITH WHAT SHE GAVE US. LOVE HER AND WISH I COULD HAVE SEEN HER IN CONCERT.
Geoff Wheatley : My all time favourite female Country and western singer, with Loretta Lynn a Close 2nd, I also heard that the song that made Leanne rhymes famous “Blue” was originally written for Patsy Cline by Willie Nelson, please correct me if I am wrong.
Beverly Underwood : I love Patsy Cline’s heartfelt music. “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces”come to mind. Was it a simpler time? I don’t know because I was younger and saw things differently. Certainly there were huge problems then just like today, except we tackled them. Many of those problems we solved have made us stronger. I’m saddened for those today led by 45 who want to tear down what we’ve built on only to propose walls to separate us. Here’s to new beginnings!
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Carol Dunston Skees : I remember the day Patsy Cline died in the plane crash in 1963. I was 14 and I loved her then and still love her music to this day. She was truly a real talent and it was such a tragedy when she died. She is truly missed!
Theresa Breen Mulkeen: When my Mother was in final stages of Alzheimers and wasn’t speaking coherently, I put on a Patsy Cline album. My mom didn’t react to her favorite song “Love Letters in the Sand” but when Patsy started singing
“Always” my Mom sang along every word while I cried. Patsy holds a place in my heart right next to Mom.
Mary Edwards Long : After Patsy passed away, her music found its way into my then, 5 yr old daughter’s heart. She absolutely loved the movie, Sweet Dreams, and I gave her the album soundtrack. Alot of miles were played on that piece of vinyl.
Patricia McLaughlin Sheehan : If you ever have a chance to see the play “Always…Patsy Cline” don’t pass it up. I recently saw it in Weston, Vermont. It’s outstanding.
“Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.
The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”
Cindy Quigley : Her hometown is my hometown, Winchester, Va. I was just a little too young to have known her personally, but her music and her career is a big part of our local history. I once worked in the office of the Memorial Park where she is buried.
I’ve always loved her music and felt a special connection to her as an artist.
David Evans Sr. : The minute I heard her sing, she captured my soul. I was a small kid when she died but once I was turned on to her music, especially her song…Crazy…I was hooked. Patsy you and I share the same birthday so Happy Birthday Patsy Cline…
Jocelyn Chatagnier : My Dad had a nightclub in a small town in Louisiana. I can remember being about 6 years old and my Dad would open the back of the jukebox to play music for us when his “Lounge” was closed..I still can hear ” I fall to pieces each time I see you again!” I just loved that song, and it was my mantra during my teen years every time I was angst ridden over some “LOVE” lost ! Patsy Cline music was so soulful.