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The Day the Music Died - PATSY CLINE (1963)
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Patsy Cline - 


September 8, 1932 - March 5, 1963 (30 years old)

Country singer Patsy Cline's career was in full swing, with pop Top 40 hits and national concert tours, when she was killed in a plane crash at the age of 30. Her honeyed soprano has been emulated not only by country singers like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton but also by pop singers like Linda Ronstadt.

Cline took up the piano at age eight but didn't begin singing until her teens. In 1948 she won a trip to Nashville through an audition; nine years later she appeared on TV on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts and was spotted by Owen Bradley of Decca Records. Her first record, "Walkin' After Midnight," was both a country hit (#3) and a pop hit (#12) in 1957.

She was soon one of country music's biggest stars. Despite her numerous country hits, she sought a broader audience and refused to be saddled with a hillbilly or cowgirl image. Under Bradley's direction, she came to embody the smooth, sophisticated new Nashville sound. "I Fall to Pieces" was a pop hit (#12) in 1961, followed later that year by "Crazy" (#9 pop, #2 country), a song written by a then little-known writer named Willie Nelson. She had another pop Top 20 hit with "She's Got You" (#14) in 1962.

On March 5, 1963, Cline was returning from a Kansas City, Missouri, show when the single-engine plane her manager was piloting crashed. Over 25,000 people attended her funeral. In 1973 Cline became the first woman solo artist elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Actress Jessica Lange played the singer in the 1985 biopic Sweet Dreams; its soundtrack climbed to #29 on the U.S. LP chart. Cline's memory remained alive in the '90s, thanks to a flood of reissues, box sets, unreleased live albums, anthologies, and radio-session compilations. At least five musical plays about the singer's life, including A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline and Always...Patsy Cline, were presented in North America and Europe. As of 1999, her Greatest Hits collection (MCA, 1973) had sold over 7 million copies.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/patsy-cline/biography
| Closed on 02/06/14 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
12 Fans 
42%a. Liked her music
50%b. Liked a few songs
0%c. Didn't care for her music
8%d. Never heard of her or her music

  
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#1 | 235 days ago

classic
Liked a few songs  
#2 | 235 days ago

Patsy Cline was one of country musics biggest stars.  I know you usually get more popular after you die, but I imagine she would of really gone far if  she had not died at such a young age.
Liked her music  
#3 | 235 days ago

heart me some Patsy
Liked her music  
#4 | 235 days ago

She was my daddy's favorite.  He used to walk the floors with me (I had collic) to her music.  My mother still has an old '78 record that was his favorite.  The hole in the middle of the record is elliptical now.  
Liked her music  

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