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Patsy Cline

One of the greatest singers in the history of country music, Patsy Cline also helped blaze a trail for female singers to assert themselves as an integral part of the Nashville-dominated country music industry. She was not alone in this regard; Kitty Wells had become a star several years before Cline's big hits in the early '60s. Brenda Lee, who shared Cline's producer, did just as much to create a country-pop crossover during the same era; Skeeter Davis briefly enjoyed similar success. Cline has the most legendary aura of any female country singer, however, perhaps due to an early death that cut her off just after she had entered her prime.

Cline began recording in the mid-'50s, and although she recorded quite a bit of material between 1955 and 1960 (17 singles in all), only one of them was a hit. That song, "Walkin' After Midnight," was both a classic and a Top 20 pop smash. Those who are accustomed to Cline's famous early-'60s hits are in for a bit of a shock when surveying her '50s sessions (which have been reissued on several Rhino compilations). At times she sang flat-out rockabilly; she also tried some churchy tear-weepers. She couldn't follow up "Walkin' After Midnight," however, in part because of an exploitative deal that limited her to songs from one publishing company.

Circumstances were not wholly to blame for Cline's commercial failures. She would have never made it as a rockabilly singer, lacking the conviction of Wanda Jackson or the spunk of Brenda Lee. In fact, in comparison with her best work, she sounds rather stiff and ill-at-ease on most of her early singles. Things took a radical turn for the better on all fronts in 1960, when her initial contract expired. With the help of producer Owen Bradley (who had worked on her sessions all along), Cline began selecting material that was both more suitable and of a higher quality than her previous outings.

"I Fall to Pieces," cut at the very first session where Cline was at liberty to record what she wanted, was the turning point in her career. Reaching number one in the country charts and number 12 pop, it was the first of several country-pop crossovers she was to enjoy over the next couple of years. More important, it set a prototype for commercial Nashville country at its best. Owen Bradley crafted lush orchestral arrangements, with weeping strings and backup vocals by the Jordanaires, that owed more to pop (in the best sense) than country.

The country elements were provided by the cream of Nashville's session musicians, including guitarist Hank Garland, pianist Floyd Cramer, and drummer Buddy Harmon. Cline's voice sounded richer, more confident, and more mature, with ageless wise and vulnerable qualities that have enabled her records to maintain their appeal with subsequent generations. When k.d. lang recorded her 1988 album Shadowland with Owen Bradley, it was this phase of Cline's career that she was specifically attempting to emulate.

It's arguable that too much has been made of Cline's crossover appeal to the pop market. Brenda Lee, whose records were graced with similar Bradley productions, was actually more successful in this area (although her records were likely targeted toward a younger audience). Cline's appeal was undeniably more adult, but she was always more successful with country listeners. Her final four Top Ten country singles, in fact, didn't make the pop Top 40.

Despite a severe auto accident in 1961, Cline remained hot through 1961 and 1962, with "Crazy" and "She's Got You" both becoming big country and pop hits. Much of her achingly romantic material was supplied by fresh talent like Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard, and Willie Nelson (who penned "Crazy"). Although her commercial momentum had faded slightly, she was still at the top of her game when she died in a plane crash in March of 1963, at the age of 30. She was only a big star for a couple of years, but her influence was and remains huge. While the standards of professionalism on her recordings have been emulated ever since, they've rarely been complemented by as much palpable, at times heartbreaking emotion in the performances. For those who could do without some of more elaborate arrangements of her later years, many of her relatively unadorned appearances on radio broadcasts have been thankfully preserved and issued. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Track List: The Patsy Cline Collection

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gerdbaby
None better, today, tomorrow, and forever
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Love I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline
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More : )
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I'm only 35 but I love Patsy!!!
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Never leave on my trips without having Patsy Cline with me!! That voice was silenced so tragically soon!!
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Sing it Patsy
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Love Pasty Cline Always
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I was in Love with Pasty at 7 years old . She a Real Lady God Bless Her Always into Eternity She singing in Heaven . What a great Country Woman Singer She Was
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Gone to soon....
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My Favorite Song by Patsy Cline . Love All Her Music . God Bless All Pandora Listeners that Listen to Patsy
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t_heath
Gone at 30!? Way too young....... . h e r songs are just great music....
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thom.thoms
Dedicated To My Aunt Betty ...Beautiful Lady ...Lifetime Inspiration�
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Kids today do not know that Life can be simple if you have Loveing Parents Like I Did . Just a simple Life but Happy all the time and a big smile .
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I rather wirk than eat period
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I Love Pasty Cline Country Music . I grew up a country boy milik cows i was born in 1944 I Milk twice a day start milk by 3:15 in the morning wen peoe or aslept and again at 3:15 in the afternoon give ir take . I Loved growning up a poor boy I swim in the creek nude that was Life being poor but happy and lots of Love from my mom& Dad
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coachwilliam h e w i t t
Strongest Voice in history
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Patsy Cline led the way for the other Youn Ladies to break into country Music . She is a Great And Beautiful Singer
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Pasty Cline Walkin After Midnight . Is one my favorite
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Patsy Cline was great in Her Times if she were here she would be Loved Now for Her Music
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jjfoley53
I want to hear someone sing I'll Walk Alone.
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My husband and friends say I sound like her that's amazing.I love her voice my mother used to sing to her also. My mother was an inspiration to me with her country flare
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artist685
LOVE PATSY CLINES VOICE SO MUCH! Her voice will never die! I listen and sing to her everyday.
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Love this version with Patsy Cline but my favorite is with The Platters...
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Very influential singer
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I Love Patsy Cline . She was such a beautiful Singer in Her Times . Her Music Lives on Into Eternity .
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Great song to dance too
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i still love them oldest
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A great talent! Gone way to soon!
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drbarnes62
Was in love then, still in love now
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montanasky09
Some oldies just never get old!!!
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Are you still alive
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When I hear Patsy it takes me back to around 1960 and the sound of jukeboxes. Great vibe.
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decemberdrea m 4 7
Pasty Clone is one of my favorite singer of all time
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Beautiful song always has been
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Awesome song
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bdrepinski
Love this song sweet dreams
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brittany.mil l s a p s
Nashville is where the best country music was born and where it was destroyed...
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I remember listening to Patsy Cline back in the late 50's at army base...Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri....
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WHAT A VOICE !!!

TRUE TALENT,,,WEN T WAY TOOOO SOON

SHE'S "SINGING" AMONGST "ANGELS.

BEFORE MY "ERA"

"JEFITA, MERCEDES. (CRUCITA) SANG ALONG TO HRR "SONGS"

REST IN PEACE, MS PATSY CLINE

MUCH RESPECT,

MI RESPETO,

ELIZABET

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Voice of an angel. She was taken way, way too soon.
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gatorgirl080 8 0 8 5
She is a beautiful singer
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banasiaks
Patty Cline was the greatest. She had that certain sincerity in her singing
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Ooops no thanks
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Clearly the best ever at this style of music.
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Love. Her songs
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Patsy for ever
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mllambb
there were three gals singing in this era... couldn't wait for any of the three to come out with their next song
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One & only PATCCC
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coachwilliam h e w i t t
Never be another. Her Songs give me chills. It Brings back GOOD memories..
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Better voice than any of the so called stars of today.
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