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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Patsy Cline

1. Love Me Love Me Honey Do

2. No More

3. Too Many Secrets

4. Try Again

5. Walking Dreams

6. In Care Of The Blues

7. Turn The Cards Slowly

8. Fingerprints

9. Life's Railway To Heaven

10. Three Cigarettes In The Ashtray

11. Heart You Break May Be Yours

12. Walkin' After Midnight

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Track List: Patsy Cline Gold

Disc 1

1. Walkin' After Midnight

3. Lovesick Blues

4. I Fall To Pieces

5. True Love

6. San Antonio Rose

7. Crazy

8. Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)

9. South of The Border (Down Mexico Way)

10. Strange

11. I Love You So Much It Hurts

12. Foolin' Around

13. Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home

14. She's Got You

15. Heartaches

16. Your Cheatin' Heart

Disc 2

1. Anytime

2. So Wrong

3. Half As Much

4. When I Get Thru With You (You'll Love Me Too)

5. Imagine That

6. When You Need A Laugh

7. Why Can't He Be You

8. Back In Baby's Arms

9. Leavin' On Your Mind

10. Faded Love

11. Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)

12. Blue Moon Of Kentuxky

13. Always

14. He Called Me Baby

15. Crazy Arms

16. Sweet Dreams (Of You)

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Track List: The Essential First Recordings

1. Hidin' Out

2. Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home)

3. A Church, A Courtroom, And Then Goodbye

4. I Cried All The Way To The Altar

5. Walkin' After Midnight

6. A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)

7. A Stranger In My Arms

8. Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray

9. Hungry For Love

10. Stop The World (And Let Me Off)

11. Cry Not For Me

13. Life's Railway To Heaven

14. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

15. Lovesick Blues

16. There He Goes

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Track List: Walkin After Midnight: The Original Sessions Vol. 1

1. Walkin' After Midnight

2. Hidin' Out

3. A Church, A Courtroom And Then Goodbye

4. I Love You Honey

5. I Cried All The Way To The Altar

6. I Don't Wanta

7. I've Loved And Lost Again

9. He Will Do For You

10. Pick Me Up On Your Way Down

11. A Poor Man's Roses

12. Fingerprints

13. A Stranger In My Arms

14. Then You'll Know

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Track List: David Allan Coe Presents: Patsy Cline

1. A Church, A Courtroom And Then Goodbye

2. I Cried All The Way To The Altar

3. Crazy Dreams

4. I'm Blue Again

5. Hungry For Love

6. Pick Me Up On Your Way Down

7. Stop Look And Listen

8. Then You'll Know

10. Walkin' After Midnight

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection

1. Walkin' After Midnight

2. A Church, A Courtroom, And Then Goodbye

3. Lovesick Blues

4. Honky Tonk Merry Go Round

5. Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray

6. The Heart You Break May Be Your Own

7. Cry Not For Me

8. In Care Of The Blues

9. Don't Ever Leave Me Again

10. A Stranger In My Arms

11. Too Many Secrets

12. Today Tomorrow And Forever

13. Pick Me Up On Your Way Down

15. Just Out Of Reach

16. I Can See An Angel Walking

17. A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)

18. I'm Blue Again

19. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

20. Hungry For Love

21. Ain't No Wheels On This Ship

22. Never No More

23. Let The Teardrops Fall

24. Love Me Honey Do

25. There He Goes

26. I Don't Wanna

27. I Cried All The Way To The Altar

28. How Can I Face Tomorrow

29. I've Loved And Lost Again

30. Stop Look And Listen

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Track List: Patsy Cline Sings Songs Of Love

1. Faded Love

2. You Belong To Me

3. Back In Baby's Arms

4. True Love

5. Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)

6. I Fall To Pieces

7. Sweet Dreams (Of You)

8. Crazy

9. He Called Me Baby

10. I Love You So Much (It Hurts)

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Track List: The Patsy Cline Collection

Disc 1

3. Turn The Cards Slowly

4. A Church, A Courtroom, And Then Goodbye

5. Honky Tonk Merry Go Round

6. I Love You, Honey

7. Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home)

8. I Don't Wanta

10. I've Loved And Lost Again

13. Walkin' After Midnight

14. The Heart You Break May Be Your Own

15. Pick Me Up On Your Way Down

16. A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)

17. Today, Tomorrow And Forever

18. Don't Ever Leave Me Again

19. Try Again

20. Too Many Secrets

21. Then You'll Know

22. Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray

23. That Wonderful Someone

24. In Care Of The Blues

25. Hungry For Love

26. I Can't Forget

27. If I Could See The World (Through The Eyes Of A Child)

Disc 2

1. Just Out Of Reach

2. I Can See An Angel

3. Let The Teardrops Fall

4. Never No More

5. If I Could Only Stay Asleep

6. I'm Moving Along

7. I'm Blue Again

8. Love, Love, Love Me Honey Do

9. Yes, I Understand

10. Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul

11. Life's Railway To Heaven

12. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

13. Lovesick Blues

14. How Can I Face Tomorrow

15. There He Goes

16. Crazy Dreams

20. I Fall To Pieces

21. Shoes

22. Lovin' In Vain

24. True Love

25. San Antonio Rose

26. The Wayward Wind

27. A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)

Disc 3

1. Crazy

2. Who Can I Count On

3. Seven Lonely Days

4. I Love You So Much It Hurts

5. Foolin' 'Round

6. Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)

7. South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)

8. Walkin' After Midnight

9. Strange

10. You're Stronger Than Me

14. She's Got You

15. You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)

16. You Belong To Me

17. Heartaches

18. Your Cheatin' Heart

19. That's My Desire

20. Half As Much

21. Lonely Street

22. Anytime

23. You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling In Love)

24. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)

25. You're Stronger Than Me

26. When I Get Thru With You (You'll Love Me Too)

27. Imagine That

28. So Wrong

Disc 4

1. Why Can't He Be You

2. Your Kinda Love

3. When You Need A Laugh

4. Leavin' On Your Mind

5. Back In Baby's Arms

6. Tra Le La Le La Triangle

7. That's How A Heartache Begins

10. Faded Love

11. Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)

12. Love Letters In The Sand

13. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

14. Sweet Dreams (Of You)

15. Always

16. Does Your Heart Beat For Me

17. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home

18. He Called Me Baby

19. Crazy Arms

20. You Took Him Off My Hands

21. I'll Sail My Ship Alone

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Track List: 12 Greatest Hits

1. Walkin' After Midnight

2. Sweet Dreams (Of You)

3. Crazy

4. I Fall To Pieces

5. So Wrong

6. Strange

7. Back In Baby's Arms

8. She's Got You

9. Faded Love

10. Why Can't He Be You

11. You're Stronger Than Me

12. Leavin' On Your Mind

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Track List: Sweet Dreams (Soundtrack)

1. San Antonio Rose

2. Seven Lonely Days

3. Your Cheatin' Heart

4. Lovesick Blues

5. Walkin' After Midnight

6. Foolin' Round

7. Half As Much

8. I Fall To Pieces

9. Crazy

10. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

11. She's Got You

12. Sweet Dreams

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Track List: Showcase

1. I Fall to Pieces

2. Foolin' Around

3. The Wayward Wind

4. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)

5. I Love You So Much It Hurts

6. Seven Lonely Days

7. Crazy

8. San Antonio Rose

9. True Love

10. Walkin' After Midnight

11. A Poor Man's Roses (Or a Rich Man's Gold)

12. Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)

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keeble_j
Lord I love Ms. Cline voice.It cracks deep, warbles just a bit at times and always sounds so sincere. Love it love her. wish she had been my friend.
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mickel2536
This song is Crazy Arms, not Crazy written by Willie Nelson.
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I Fall to Pieces when I listen to her
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Love you Patsy
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WOW...is right! Mmmmmm...
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dragonlady60 8 8
Wow...right!
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Love these singers
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dragonlady60 8 8
I love pasty and loretta
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Something about her voice...it's truly mesmerizing. . . P E A C E
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nowitsmine9
Don't let the door hit you on the way out !
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She really knew how to sing a song...out of sight. WOW!
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ami477
Magical voice. Reaches out over the ages and all genetations
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If I had a picture of my mom at that age ,how much they looked the same. My mom sang, but not the same pitch.
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frankwiener
Patsy hits this classic, You Belong to Me, out of the ball park. Gone much too soon. I know that she is in music heaven now. Our loss must be someone else's gain. I can't help thinking so.
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She has a certain magic that continues through generations like my mom's and mine
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This was my mother favorite Singer
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erinker15
Never be another !!!
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Just Love her voice...PEAC E
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UNTOUCHABLE! ! ! UNTOUCHABLE! ! ! Greatness - and then some.
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such a great song by great singer crazy
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I keep thinking about it the time of her short time she was with us ,she was only 30 years old when she passed away in that tragic airplane accident, i miss you very much much, patsy clinè god bless you.
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troma70
I could listen to Patsy 365 days a year, she was the greatest Tommy r
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I look up and there you r!
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I love you Baby.... Patsy Cline your my World Turn Good God!!!
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What a voice. what a singer...abs o l u t e l y great!
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Country music has Never been the same after Patsy's tragic passing !! I Can't express how much I Adore her, That Voice, just makes me Crumble..xo
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PATSY HAD THE BEST COUNTRY FEMALE VOICE THAT I EVER HEARD! RIP PATSY.
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I started listening to patsy in Winchester and play her songs every day. their will never be one any greater
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She was the best. But such a tragedy
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Hey patsy clinè left to earlier she was only 30 years old and that is way too much early, i miss you baby very much, they don't write music like the one you used to play, god bless you baby.
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Patsy clinè, I love you and i miss you with àll my heart, god bless baby.
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Ethereal!
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Hey patsy clinè was the best of all time favorite of country singer, they don't write songs like that anymore, god bless you, patsy clinè.
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mshipp12
Only you can sang like this my dear, I can only cheerish this wounding-sou n d . For what its worth, we all miss that sound and love...!
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shirleyowens 5 8
Patsy, the Queen of Country. No doubt. No question. She is the absolutely best female artist that ever was. All others fall short.
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She was the best;period. T h a t ' s all there is and there ain't no more.
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My nickname for her was the Voice
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Edith Piaf, Patsy Cline, Vera Lynn, Paul Roberson, and Lale Andersen, The most passionate voices of the twentieth century
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The only thing different the only thing new, I got the pictures she got you...I got your memories, they won't let me be!
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Beautiful voice, absolutely great!
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Have you ever been lonely - Patsy Cline: great voice, great material, combined for hit after hit - but let's notice too that her backing musicians and arrangements contributed hugely too.
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♡♡♡♡
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Patsy clinè is the best of all the country singer,god bless her i miss you very much.
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I think Patsy was an amazing singer, with passion anger and desire for all life could give her. I have several favorite songs sung by Patsy and it is so hard to pick just one. I love some of the earlier Honky Tonk songs but if I had to pick one it would be a Poor man's roses. then 3 cigarettes in an ashtray, see I can't stop with just one!!!
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i love all kinds of music, especially the classic Rock & Roll & Country; I think Pandora is absolutely best thing to come around, next to chocolate chip cookies!!! And what a crowd!!!! Everything chosen by others is appreciated by all, in the audience, I get to hear from artist I forgot existed! The best radio ever! We all are DJ'S!
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What a voice! What range! No one else in country comes close!
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She was before I was born , but she is my favorite female singer. As for me . The female singers could learn a thing are two
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the greatest female singer of all time no doubt
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