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August 18, 2020

Patsy Cline: One of the Most Influential Vocalists of the 20th Century

Born 1932 as Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, American singer Patsy Cline had her first professional performances at the local WINC radio station when she was fifteen, and began appearing in a local band led by performer Bill Peer in the early 1950s.


The 1961 single “I Fall to Pieces” would become her first to top the Billboard country chart. As the song became a hit, Cline was severely injured in an automobile accident, which caused her to spend a month in the hospital. After recovering, her next single release “Crazy” would also become a major hit.

Between 1962 and 1963, Cline had hits with “She’s Got You”, “When I Get Through with You”, “So Wrong” and “Leavin’ on Your Mind”. She also toured and headlined shows with more frequency. In March 1963, Cline appeared at a benefit show in Kansas City, Kansas. To return home, she boarded a plane along with country performers Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and manager Randy Hughes. Upon hitting rough weather, the plane crashed outside of Camden, Tennessee, killing all those on board.

Since her death, Cline has been cited as one of the most celebrated, respected and influential performers of the 20th century. Her music has influenced performers of various styles and genres. She has also been seen as a forerunner for women in country music, being among the first to sell records and headline concerts. In 1973, she became the first female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portrait of Patsy Cline in the 1950s and 1960s.










































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