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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
full bio

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

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)

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

8. Dear God ( I Go To Church On Sunday)

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

9. Walking Dreams

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' 'round

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)

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She could sing
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Love this song
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Beautiful voice from a beautiful lady
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patsy cline and brenda lee are my cousine by marriage
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My favorite songs ever are from patsy Cline
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The best ever
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myaccord603
Patsy Cline. Sang like an Angel, there will never be another like her.
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Pasty Cline was great. Still is
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love 2 hear all the old songs some of the new too
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love all of theses people
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there will never be another Patsy Cline
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not only is Patsy Cline is one of the greatest country singers of all time but one of the GREATEST SINGERS of all time!
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She was the best of the best!!
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I am missing the legendary
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my favorite. girl singer in those days or now
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felmachris
Legendary singer, gone to soon. Set the standard for future female country singers.
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Patsy # 1..!!
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One of the most amazing voices I ever herd.she set the standard for country female singers without a doubt
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I love patsy cline it reminds me of my mother
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I grew up listening to Patsy Cline.
Super vocals.
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bgwilson1977
Patsy Cline is the gold standard, Kitty, Tammy and Loretta come close and maybe Linda Ronstadt comes the closest to her superb vocal qualities. I don't appreciate some the Pandora review at all.
I mean really who the hell do you think all of the wannabes keep trying to emulate? of course, Patsy Cline.
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I cut my teeth on Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold's music. I can't remember a time when I didn't think she was the most magnificent voice ever. She packed so much emotion into each of her recordings because she had lived every syllable of the lyrics. Singers these days can't touch her work.
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I just love her music.... The story...I just love
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Ok just got turned on to pasty cline a few years ago and man can this lady sing.One of the greatest voices ever
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I am 28 and it was in my early teens before i appreciated her music. My children enjoy her as well.
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Always. Till the end of time
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She was a great singer who left us way too soon.
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Please mention what age you were, and year when you remember hearing Patsy the first time! Please, it would be cool to an old f*rt such as am I!
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The best.
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I heard that she was a country singer. Is it true?
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Boy she can sing l am missing more
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Pasty is and was the queen of country and will never forgotten by myself
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I have been asking for some of the Carpenters music it would not put them in here but I just clicked on Patty cline and it is the Carpenters lol thanks for that
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Patsy cline use to make my mom cry when I was you funny how things change,,,sti l l the same in so many ways just saying this music I love all of it,,,
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I did not know Floyd Cramer was the piano player on some of her sessions. You can hear it.

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I think I like the Willie Nelson original version of Crazy better
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I'll get along some how
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,loveher songs
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I absolutely love her music and that she was taken from us is a tragedy but she will live on in our hearts forever
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Fell in love with her the first time I heard her
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I love her music
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Patsy Cline was taken from us much too soon, but her music will live forever.
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Yes she had nice vocal that's why I like her especially CRAZY
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Patsy Cline, great vocalist that comes along one in a lifetime.
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I was stationed in Charleston SC when I watched the Arthur Godfrey Show and he had Patsy Cline as his guest singer. She just had such an unique sound I was hooked listening to her as much as possible back then
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So good
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So sad she was taken from us to early. I am sure today she would have been the Queen of country music but I believe she passed it on to her friend Loretta Lynn! To me the two best, singing songs that we ESP me go through with feelings and things that happen to us! They tell our story! Gone but never forgotten! RIP Patsy! ❤️��
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She was taken away to early in life and still remains an iconic lady to this day.
Thanks for the memories Patsy.
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