Cline, Patsy

Cline, Patsy
orig. Virginia Patterson Hensley

born Sept. 8, 1932, Winchester, Va., U.S.
died March 5, 1963, near Camden, Tenn.

U.S. singer.

Cline sang with country music groups as a teenager. She began recording in the mid-1950s and won first place on Arthur Godfrey's television show with "Walking After Midnight" (1957), a hit that made her the first female country singer to cross over into pop music. In 1960 she joined the Grand Ole Opry. After recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash, she returned in 1962 with hits such as "I Fall to Pieces" and "Crazy." She was killed in an airplane crash.

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▪ American singer
original name  Virginia Patterson Hensley  
born Sept. 8, 1932, Winchester, Va., U.S.
died March 5, 1963, near Camden, Tenn.

      American country and western (country music) singer whose talent and wide-ranging appeal made her one of the classic performers of the genre, bridging the gap between country music and more mainstream audiences.

      Cline began to sing with local country bands while a teenager, sometimes accompanying herself on guitar. She first recorded on the Four Star label in 1955, but it was with the advent of television culture in the late 1950s that she gained a wider audience. Cline began appearing on the radio and on Town and Country Jamboree, a local television variety show that was broadcast every Saturday night from Capitol Arena in Washington, D.C.

      Singing “Walkin' After Midnight” as a contestant on the CBS television show Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, Cline took first prize—the opportunity to appear on Godfrey's morning show for two weeks. She thereby gained national exposure both for herself and for her song. Three years later she became a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcasts from Nashville, Tennessee, which largely defined the country music genre. Although Cline preferred traditional country music, which typically included vocalizations such as yodeling, the country music industry—coming into increasing competition with rock and roll—was trying to increase its appeal to a more mainstream audience. After her recording of “I Fall to Pieces” remained a popular seller for 39 consecutive weeks, she was marketed as a pop singer and was backed by strings and vocals. Cline never fully accepted this categorization, however: she did not eliminate yodeling from her repertoire, dressed in distinctly western-style clothing, and favoured country songs over her three popular songs, “Walkin' After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Crazy” (written by a young Willie Nelson (Nelson, Willie)).

      Cline's life was cut short in March 1963 by an airplane crash that also killed fellow entertainers Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. In her short career, however, she helped usher in the modern era for American country singers; she figures prominently, for instance, as singer Loretta Lynn's mentor in Lynn's autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter (1976). Cline was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973.

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