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.
. "I Fall to Pieces" was voted #107 on the RIAA list of the Songs of the Century.
. However, its depiction of the plane crash as occurring in high desert mountains totally unlike any terrain found in West Tennessee is wildly inaccurate. Davis is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. 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). He died in Beverly Hills, California on May 16, 1990 of complications from throat cancer, a result of his many years of smoking.

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. He also chronicles his financial difficulties. Cline is interred in the Shenendoah Memorial Park cemetery, in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia. In his autobiography, Davis describes his swinger lifestyle which included alcohol, cocaine, and women. 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. In Japan, Davis appeared in television commercials for coffee. Most of these interviews were for use in the makings of books and such about Miss Cline. In either the late 1960s or early 1970s, Davis joined Anton LaVey's Church of Satan.

(*The reports of Miss Cline's affairs are personal assumptions from various persons interviewed many years after her death. They remained married until Sammy Davis, Jr.'s death in 1990. In addition to her affair with Randy Hughes, Cline also had an affair with Bill Peer, her first manager. Jesse Jackson. Were she alive today, she would have had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They were wed in 1970 by Rev. They had a daughter, Julia Simadore Dick (1958-; now known as Julie Fudge), and a son, Allen Randolph "Randy" Dick (1961-). started dating Altovise Gore, a dancer in one of his shows.

In 1957, Cline married Charles Allen Dick, who worked as a linotype operator for the Winchester Star. That year Sammy Davis, Jr. Country singer Jack Anglin died in an automobile accident while driving to her funeral. They divorced in 1968. Hughes, then Cline's lover and manager, was the plane's pilot. The couple had one daughter and adopted two sons. 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. At that time interracial marriages were forbidden by law in 31 US states out of 50, and only in 1967 those laws were abolished by the US Supreme Court.

Cline died in a plane crash at Camden, Tennessee while returning from Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 30, in 1963. In 1960, Davis caused controversy when he married white Swedish-born actress May Britt. When she left the hospital, her forehead was still visibly scarred. His demands eventually led to the integration of Miami Beach nightclubs and Las Vegas casinos. 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. After he achieved success he refused to work at venues which would practice racial segregation. The impact of the accident threw Patsy through the windshield, nearly killing her. In 1959 he became a charter member of the Rat Pack, which was led by his old friend Frank Sinatra.

On June 14, 1961, Patsy Cline and her brother were involved in a head-on car collision. The next move in his growing career was to appear in the Broadway show Mr. Wonderful. 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.". Later that year, he converted to Judaism, and the next year he released his second album. Though she began her career recording rockabilly, it became clear that Cline's voice was best suited for pop/country crossover tunes. He suffered a setback in 1954, when an automobile accident resulted in the loss of an eye. She became a mainstay on the country music showcase "Grand Ole Opry" in 1960. After he was discharged, he rejoined the dance act and began to achieve success.

Her breakthrough hit was "Walkin' After Midnight" (1957), written by Don Hecht and Alan Block. It was the one way I might hope to affect a man's thinking," he said. 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. While in the service, however, he joined an entertainment unit, and found that the spotlight removed some of the prejudice. "My talent was the weapon, the power, the way for me to fight. 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. It was as if I'd walked through a swinging door for eighteen years, a door which they had always secretly held open.". Patsy Cline, (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American country music singer. I appreciated their loving hope that I'd never need to know about prejudice and hate, but they were wrong.

In The Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music,
. I could see the protection I'd gotten all my life from my father and Will. It wasn't one color anymore. As he said later, "Overnight the world looked different. Snubs were explained as jealousy, for instance, but during World War II, Davis served in the United States Army, where he was first confronted by strong racial prejudice.

Mastin and his father had shielded him from racism. Throughout his long career, Davis included the Will Mastin Trio in his billing. Davis joined the act as a young child and they became the Will Mastin Trio. and his "uncle" Will Mastin, who led the dance troupe his father worked for.

As a child he learned how to dance from his father, Sammy Davis, Sr. His father, not wanting to lose custody of his son, took him on tour. When he was three years old, his parents split up. As an infant, he was raised by his paternal grandmother.

He was born in Harlem, New York City to Elvera Sanchez, a Puerto Rican, and Sammy Davis, Sr., an Afro-American, who were vaudeville dancers. He danced, sang, played vibraphone, trumpet, and drums, did impressions, and acted. Sammy Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 - May 16, 1990) was an American "all-around" entertainer. Sammy (with Burt and Jane Boyar) (2000) ISBN 0374293554 Consolidates the two previous books and includes additional material.

Why Me? (with Burt and Jane Boyar) (1980) ISBN 0446360252. Yes I Can (with Burt and Jane Boyar) (1965) ISBN 0374522685. Tap (1989). Moon Over Parador (1988).

Knights of the City (1986) (scenes deleted). The Perils of P.K. (1986). That's Dancing! (1985). Cannonball Run II (1984).

Broadway Danny Rose (1984) (cameo). Cracking Up (1983). Heidi's Song (1982) (voice). The Cannonball Run (1981).

Sammy Stops the World (1978). Gone with the West (1975). Save the Children (1973) (documentary). Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970) (documentary).

One More Time (1970). Sweet Charity (1969). Salt and Pepper (1968). A Man Called Adam (1966).

Nightmare in the Sun (1965). Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964). Johnny Cool (1963). Of Love and Desire (1963).

Convicts 4 (1962). Sergeants 3 (1962). Three Penny Opera (1962). Pepe (1960) (cameo).

Ocean's Eleven (1960). Porgy and Bess (1959). Anna Lucasta (1959). Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956).

Sweet and Low (1947). Rufus Jones for President (1933) (short subject). Seasoned Greetings (1933) (short subject).

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