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. She also has been featured on the popular live music show Ausin City Limits and played at the 2003 Austin City Limits Music Festival. "I Fall to Pieces" was voted #107 on the RIAA list of the Songs of the Century. She was the guest vocal artist on the Lisa Loeb single Falling in Love as well as appearing at various Lilith Fair music festivals. However, its depiction of the plane crash as occurring in high desert mountains totally unlike any terrain found in West Tennessee is wildly inaccurate. She lives in Austin, Texas, a city with a thriving music scene. 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). Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1958) is a pop artist who received critical success in the 1990s with a number of Grammy winning/nominated albums.

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. ShawnColvin.com, http://www.shawncolvin.com/. Cline is interred in the Shenendoah Memorial Park cemetery, in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia. Launch.com, http://launch.yahoo.com/artist/default.asp?artistID=1005640. 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. RockOntheNet.com, http://www.rockonthenet.com/artists-c/shawncolvin_main.htm. Most of these interviews were for use in the makings of books and such about Miss Cline. Steady On - Columbia, 1989.

(*The reports of Miss Cline's affairs are personal assumptions from various persons interviewed many years after her death. Fat City - Columbia, 1992. In addition to her affair with Randy Hughes, Cline also had an affair with Bill Peer, her first manager. I Don't Know Why - Columbia, 1993. Were she alive today, she would have had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Every Little Thing (He) Does Is.. - Columbia, 1994. They had a daughter, Julia Simadore Dick (1958-; now known as Julie Fudge), and a son, Allen Randolph "Randy" Dick (1961-). Cover Girl - Columbia, 1994.

In 1957, Cline married Charles Allen Dick, who worked as a linotype operator for the Winchester Star. A Few Small Repairs - Columbia, 1996. Country singer Jack Anglin died in an automobile accident while driving to her funeral. Holiday Songs And Lullabies - Columbia, 1998. Hughes, then Cline's lover and manager, was the plane's pilot. Live '88 - Plump, 1998. 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. Whole New You - Columbia, 2001.

Cline died in a plane crash at Camden, Tennessee while returning from Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 30, in 1963. Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection - Columbia, 2004. When she left the hospital, her forehead was still visibly scarred. 1989: Best Debut Female Vocalist. 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. New York Music Award

    . The impact of the accident threw Patsy through the windshield, nearly killing her. 1997: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - "Get Out Of This House".

    On June 14, 1961, Patsy Cline and her brother were involved in a head-on car collision. 1997: Best Pop Album - A Few Small Repairs. 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.". 1995: Best Contemporary Folk Album - Cover Girl. Though she began her career recording rockabilly, it became clear that Cline's voice was best suited for pop/country crossover tunes. 1994: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - "I Don't Know Why". She became a mainstay on the country music showcase "Grand Ole Opry" in 1960. 1994: Best Contemporary Folk Recording - Fat City.

    Her breakthrough hit was "Walkin' After Midnight" (1957), written by Don Hecht and Alan Block. Grammy Nominations

      . 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. 1998: Song of the Year - "Sunny Came Home". 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. 1998: Record of the Year - A Few Small Repairs. Patsy Cline, (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American country music singer. 1991: Best Contemporary Folk Album - Steady On.

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