1932 - 1963
Patsy Cline was born September 8, 1932 as Virginia Patterson Hensley. Her first public performance was at age 4 as a tap dancer.
In 1957 Patsy appeared on Arthur Godfrey's "Talent Scouts" TV show and sang "Walkin' after Midnight"... she won the competition! Her mother recalls "There was an eternity of applause. Patsy cried and cried, this moment was everything she'd dreamed of...". Two days later, Paul Cohen of Decca Records told her that she had a hit on her hands ! Meanwhile, her husband Gerald filed for divorce. She remarried Charlie Dick later that year.
Patsy hit big with songs charting on both
Country and Pop charts. Some of her best know where "Crazy", "I
fall to Pieces" and "Walkin' after Midnight".
March 5th, 1963, a twin engine Comanche carrying Patsy, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Cowboy Copas back to Nashville after a benefit concert in Kansas city crashed.... everyone on board was killed.
The wreckage of the plane was found the following morning . Grant Turner, of WSM announced "Ladies and gentlemen, this is the hardest thing I've ever had to do..." and proceeded to tell the world of this tragic loss. An estimated 25,000 people lined the four mile route to Patsy's funeral.
In 1973, Patsy was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Patsy will live in Country Music annals as one of it's most outstanding vocalists, and will long be remembered.
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