Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline, (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American country music singer.

Patsy Cline

Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, United States, she received her first contract as a country singer in 1953 and, despite her short life, would become one of the most influential singers in history. Cline was the last name of her first husband, Gerald Cline, a construction industry mogul, from whom she married in 1953 and divorced in 1957.

Her breakthrough hit was "Walkin' After Midnight" (1957), written by Don Hecht and Alan Block. She became a mainstay on the country music showcase "Grand Ole Opry" in 1960. Though she began her career recording rockabilly, it became clear that Cline's voice was best suited for pop/country crossover tunes. Some signature songs are "Crazy" (written by Willie Nelson but forever linked to Cline), "She's Got You," "I Fall To Pieces", and "Sweet Dreams."

On June 14, 1961, Patsy Cline and her brother were involved in a head-on car collision. The impact of the accident threw Patsy through the windshield, nearly killing her. Suffering from a jagged cut across her forehead that required stitches, a broken wrist, and a dislocated hip, she spent a month in the hospital. When she left the hospital, her forehead was still visibly scarred.

Cline died in a plane crash at Camden, Tennessee while returning from Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 30, in 1963. On the airplane with her and also killed were three other country music figures who were fairly well-known at the time, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Randy Hughes, and Cowboy Copas. Hughes, then Cline's lover and manager, was the plane's pilot. Country singer Jack Anglin died in an automobile accident while driving to her funeral.

In 1957, Cline married Charles Allen Dick, who worked as a linotype operator for the Winchester Star. They had a daughter, Julia Simadore Dick (1958-; now known as Julie Fudge), and a son, Allen Randolph "Randy" Dick (1961-). Were she alive today, she would have had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her affair with Randy Hughes, Cline also had an affair with Bill Peer, her first manager. (*The reports of Miss Cline's affairs are personal assumptions from various persons interviewed many years after her death. Most of these interviews were for use in the makings of books and such about Miss Cline. Since most of the parties mention to have been involved in these affairs were deceased, these affairs could not be proven.*) After Cline's death, Charlie Dick married and divorced Jamey Ryan, also a singer, and had a son, Charles Allen Dick, Jr.

Cline is interred in the Shenendoah Memorial Park cemetery, in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia.

Among her many honors, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6160 Hollywood Blvd, she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973, in 1993 she was honored with her image on a United States postage stamp and in 1995, she was awarded posthumously a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 1985 movie Sweet Dreams starring Jessica Lange, is based on her adult life and is said by some familiar with her to be fairly accurate in many respects, although some have disputed its portrayal of her mercurial relationship with second husband Charlie Dick (portrayed in the film by Ed Harris). However, its depiction of the plane crash as occurring in high desert mountains totally unlike any terrain found in West Tennessee is wildly inaccurate.

"I Fall to Pieces" was voted #107 on the RIAA list of the Songs of the Century.

Further reading

  • In The Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music,

Nicholas Dawidoff, Vintage Books, 1998, ISBN 0-375-70082-x


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Nicholas Dawidoff, Vintage Books, 1998, ISBN 0-375-70082-x. Four years after the release of Discovery, Daft Punk realeased their follow up album, Human After All. "I Fall to Pieces" was voted #107 on the RIAA list of the Songs of the Century. Bangalter also teamed up with DJ Falcon to create Together, who subsequently released the club smash So Much Love To Give. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo operates his own music label, Crydamoure. However, its depiction of the plane crash as occurring in high desert mountains totally unlike any terrain found in West Tennessee is wildly inaccurate. In 2002 he produced the motion picture soundtrack for Gaspar Noé's Irréversible. The 1985 movie Sweet Dreams starring Jessica Lange, is based on her adult life and is said by some familiar with her to be fairly accurate in many respects, although some have disputed its portrayal of her mercurial relationship with second husband Charlie Dick (portrayed in the film by Ed Harris). With Music Sounds Better With You, Thomas Bangalter had a major club hit in 1998, released under the name Stardust on his own Roulé-label.

Among her many honors, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6160 Hollywood Blvd, she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973, in 1993 she was honored with her image on a United States postage stamp and in 1995, she was awarded posthumously a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The album Discovery subsequentally became the soundtrack to the anime film Interstella 5555, which they co-produced with Leiji Matsumoto. Cline is interred in the Shenendoah Memorial Park cemetery, in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia. The music videos for their singles from Homework featured memorable characters and were directed by cult video producers, including Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry. Since most of the parties mention to have been involved in these affairs were deceased, these affairs could not be proven.*) After Cline's death, Charlie Dick married and divorced Jamey Ryan, also a singer, and had a son, Charles Allen Dick, Jr. The duo "became" robots for all of their publicity shots and interviews. Most of these interviews were for use in the makings of books and such about Miss Cline. Daft Punk are notable for their use of visuals in music.

(*The reports of Miss Cline's affairs are personal assumptions from various persons interviewed many years after her death. Much of Daft Punk's newer fan base knows them mainly from Discovery. In addition to her affair with Randy Hughes, Cline also had an affair with Bill Peer, her first manager. Some have interpreted the title "Discovery" as meaning "very Disco", as much of the album hearkens to the disco era; "Homework" can also be a reference to the respective album's focus, house music (Home ≈ House). Were she alive today, she would have had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Nevertheless, it sold very well, and the single "One More Time" was a major club hit. They had a daughter, Julia Simadore Dick (1958-; now known as Julie Fudge), and a son, Allen Randolph "Randy" Dick (1961-). 2001's Discovery, with its more commercial, synth-pop-oriented style, disappointed some fans of Homework.

In 1957, Cline married Charles Allen Dick, who worked as a linotype operator for the Winchester Star. In addition to "Da Funk", "Around the World" was the most successful single from Homework. Country singer Jack Anglin died in an automobile accident while driving to her funeral. The album Homework (Virgin, 1996) was regarded as an innovative synthesis of techno, house, acid house and electro, and widely acknowledged as one of the most influential dance music albums of the nineties. Hughes, then Cline's lover and manager, was the plane's pilot. Daft Punk's debut single The New Wave (Soma, 1993) was followed by their first commercially successful single "Da Funk" (1995). On the airplane with her and also killed were three other country music figures who were fairly well-known at the time, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Randy Hughes, and Cowboy Copas. Its name was inspired by a review in the British music magazine Melody Maker, which described their first collaboration, a Beach Boys inspired guitar group named Darling that recorded on Stereolab's Duophonic imprint in 1992, as "a bunch of daft punk".

Cline died in a plane crash at Camden, Tennessee while returning from Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 30, in 1963. Daft Punk is the main project of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (born February 8, 1974) and Thomas Bangalter (born January 3, 1975), two dance music artists from Paris. When she left the hospital, her forehead was still visibly scarred. Virgin Records Daft Punk official website (http://www.virginrecords.com/daft_punk/). Suffering from a jagged cut across her forehead that required stitches, a broken wrist, and a dislocated hip, she spent a month in the hospital. Daft Punk discography on Discogs.com (http://www.discogs.com/artist/Daft+Punk). The impact of the accident threw Patsy through the windshield, nearly killing her. Official german website (http://www.daftpunk.de/).

On June 14, 1961, Patsy Cline and her brother were involved in a head-on car collision. Official website (http://www.daftpunk.com/). Some signature songs are "Crazy" (written by Willie Nelson but forever linked to Cline), "She's Got You," "I Fall To Pieces", and "Sweet Dreams.". Face to Face - Hot Dance Music/Club Play, reached #1. Though she began her career recording rockabilly, it became clear that Cline's voice was best suited for pop/country crossover tunes. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Hot Dance Music/Club Play, peaked at #3. She became a mainstay on the country music showcase "Grand Ole Opry" in 1960. Digital Love - Hot Dance Music/Club Play, peaked at #9.

Her breakthrough hit was "Walkin' After Midnight" (1957), written by Don Hecht and Alan Block. One More Time - Top 40 Tracks, peaked at #32. Cline was the last name of her first husband, Gerald Cline, a construction industry mogul, from whom she married in 1953 and divorced in 1957. One More Time - Top 40 Mainstream, peaked at #33. Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, United States, she received her first contract as a country singer in 1953 and, despite her short life, would become one of the most influential singers in history. One More Time - Hot 100, peaked at #61. Patsy Cline, (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American country music singer. One More Time - Rhythmic Top 40, reached #27.

In The Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music,
. One More Time - Hot Dance Music/Maxi-single Sales, peaked at #2. One More Time - Canadian singles chart, reached #1. One More Time - Hot Dance Music/Club Play, reached #1. Revolution 909 - Hot Dance Music/Club Play, peaked at #12.

Da Funk - Hot Dance Music/Club Play, reached #1. Around the World - Hot 100, peaked at #61. Around the World - Hot Dance Music/Club Play, reached #1. Interstella 5555 (Movie, DVD, 2003).

- A Story about Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes (DVD/VHS, 1999). D.A.F.T. Human After All (2005). Daft Club (Remix LP) (2003).

Alive 1997 (2001). Discovery (2001). Homework (1996).

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