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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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Comments

Her music brings back my days growing up back in the mid 50's and 60's.
Have always loved her songs.
Such a pretty song sung with a pretty voice.
Patsycili
Her voice is so much better than the girls of country today
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bamapat
I Love Patsy Cline, My dad use to make me listen to her everytime we got in the car of in the house she had the most Beautiful Voice in the entire world and no one has even ever come close to her. she made me and my father have a great memory together of her songs and sang together. I will play the song crazy at my funeral. We loved that more than anything. Thank you Patsy Cline for all that you have given me and my father in peace. Love you .
One small sigh from Patsy means more than all the swoops and histrionics of today's singers.
She had one of the greatest voices of all time.
She's The Best!
jtny786
She's Got You, perfect song.
jtny786
Long time fan of Ms. Patsy Cline. I was checking out the lyrics on Sweet Dreams (of You), one of my favorites. Notes incorrectly credit Annie Lennox (born 1954, Sweet Dreams are Made of This). Ms. Cline's great song was written by Don Gibson written 1955-56, recorded in by Ms Cline in 1963!
What a voice.
A talent. like no. other
Love her
Patsy Cline so sorry she lost her Life at an early age. She was a great singer and still love to hear her songs. Rest in Peace Patsy Cline. God has us all numbered.
love her voice and her movie sweet dreams / coal miners daughter
Love her!
Patsy Cline one of the best.
Yea great music.
jettaprinces a
Always lovely to listen to
I have always loved Patsy
Love her, always
the one and only Patsy.....
Great music.
nmaurer26
She is one of the greatest singers there was. Love her music
I have Pandora on and minimized, but I'll click it open every so often when a song stands out. With this channel it's been Patsy Cline tracks. As someone who could've only named Crazy as hers prior it's been a nice discovery. Her voice is so evocative. More, please!
Sings like she really means it.
Love patsy!
LOVE PATSY FOREVER!!! THE BEST VOICE IN COUNTRY MUSIC. SHE WILL LIVE ON THROUGH HER MUSIC. ������
huldashults
I was born 1967 but its amazing how the music of patsy Cline moves me she is one amazing woman
the best ever R.J.P. Patsy
Love her music... love growing up listening to her voice
quindeliaz
Next week, March 5, will be 51 years for the death of Patsy Cline in that plane crash! As I watch the weather as see what is forecasted, makes me think this is how the weather was on that tragic day 51 years ago! All of her music is beautiful! She was a good hatred person too!
quindeliaz
I listen to Patsy. Cline in the car on the CD, on my IPad, on Pandora "Patsy Cline Radio" and all of her music on music, I could be on Facebook and listen to Patsy Cline! Every time I hear one of her songs it brings tears to my eyes! She grew up poor and never got to enjoy her fame! It hurts to see Charlie Dick enjoying her money!
edwardduncan 0 0 9
eddie, great! great! music
No singer ever sighed as poignantly as Patsy Cline.
jgc117
I I FALL TO PIECES EVERY TIME I HEAR A RECORDING BY PATSY. WE HAVE A FEW GOOD FEMALE SINGERS TODAY BUT NONE THAT CAN COMPETE WITH PATSY. WISH SHE HAD LIVED LONGER
REAL MUSIC LOVERS!- Rnb! Rap! COUNTRY! Alternative! Rock!-Whatev e r ! - P i o n e e r ! - K e t t y Perry wished she'd had had her Legecy!!!!-Y o u can only do so many Athem Songs!!!!-Pa t s y Forevet!!!
Love this woman!!!- Know Ive commented before!- To Me!- Her and Etta James!- OMG!!- One and the Same!-Nobody else can touch them!!!!
None of today's country dollies can hold a candle to Miss Cline. It seams today they all have fabulous faces,carbon copy voices and style. Patsy had none of these yet her sound will echo forever.
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The best female country voice ever. God bless Patsy.
I'd rather listen to classic country music any day of the week than the trashy music they have today that isn't worth anything, n give me singers like Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, etc. I'll be happy....... . . . . . . . . . R . I . P Patsy
Love her
1344776026
love this album I have it
Great country singer pretty cool you notice there are a lot of crossover singers so Patsy is really a trail `blazer RIP PATSY CLINE
Amen favin 1947
michaelhagen 3
Country Is Simply Not as Great as It Used to Be......She is one of the Best!
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