Today on September 8th 1932 Virginia Patterson Hensley (known professionally as Patsy Cline, was born today.
Cline successfully “crossed over” to pop music and was one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century.
She died at the age of 30 in a multiple-fatality crash in the private plane of her manager, Randy Hughes, but who was Patsy Cline really?
Cline was introduced to music at an early age, singing in church with her mother. She admired stars such as Kay Starr, Jo Stafford, Hank Williams, Judy Garland, and Shirley Temple. She had perfect pitch. She was self-taught and could not read music.
Today’s YouTube video presentation brought to you by user name, Va Hoss, of Patsy Cline’s song called, “Sweet Dreams,” shortly released after her death in 1963.
Cline performed in variety and talent showcases in and around the Winchester and Tri-State areas. Coupled with increasing appearances on local radio, she attracted a large following.
In 1954 Jimmy Dean, a young country star in his own right, learned of her and she became a regular with Dean on Connie B. Gay’s Town and Country Jamboree radio show, airing weekday afternoons live on WARL in Arlington, Virginia, and the rest is history.
She was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6160 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 3, 1999.
Several movies were made about Patsy’s Cline life, Loretta Lynn was a close personal friend of Patsy Cline which was portrayed in the movie 1980 movie called, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Beverly D’Angelo portrayed Patsy Cline in the movie, and D’Angelo did all her own singing for the role.
Patsy Cline’s own career was all too brief; she died on March 5th 1963, in a plane crash in Camden Tennessee. After her death the song called, “Sweet Dreams,” was released and became an instant hit.
She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973, and remains popular even today with fans around the world, as we remember today’s day to remember on Patsy’s Clines birthday.