Patsy Cline

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Born: in Gore, VA, USA

Annotation last modified on 2005-08-16 02:27 UTC.

Legal name: Virginia Patterson Hensley


Virginia Patterson Hensley (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963), known professionally as Patsy Cline, was an American singer. Part of the early 1960s Nashville sound, 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.

Cline was best known for her rich tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice and her role as a country music industry pioneer. Along with Kitty Wells, she helped pave the way for women as headline performers in the genre. Cline was cited as an inspiration by singers in several styles. Books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays document her life and career.

Her hits began in 1957 with Donn Hecht's and Alan Block's "Walkin' After Midnight", Hank Cochran's and Harlan Howard's "I Fall to Pieces", Hank Cochran's "She's Got You", Willie Nelson's "Crazy" and ended in 1963 with Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams".

Millions of her records have sold since her death. She won awards and accolades, causing many to view her as an icon at the level of Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Ten years after her death, in 1973, she became the first female solo artist inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1999, she was voted number 11 on VH1's special, The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll, by members and artists of the rock industry. In 2002, country music artists and industry members voted her Number One on CMT's The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music and ranked 46th in the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" issue of Rolling Stone magazine. According to her 1973 Country Music Hall of Fame plaque, "Her heritage of timeless recordings is testimony to her artistic capacity".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Patsy Cline Patsy Cline 2
1961 Showcase Patsy Cline 5
1962 Sentimentally Yours Patsy Cline 1
1963 In Memoriam Patsy Cline 1
1965 Reflections Patsy Cline 1
1988 Always Patsy Cline 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 Patsy Cline's Golden Hits Patsy Cline 1
1963 The Patsy Cline Story Patsy Cline 3
1963 A Legend Patsy Cline 1
1963 Encores Patsy Cline 1
1964 A Portrait of Patsy Cline Patsy Cline 1
1964 That's How a Heartache Begins Patsy Cline 1
1964 Today, Tomorrow & Forever Patsy Cline 1
1965 Gotta Lot of Rhythm in My Soul Patsy Cline 1
1965 Here's Patsy Cline Patsy Cline 1
1973 12 Greatest Hits Patsy Cline 5
1982 Remembering Patsy Cline & Jim Reeves 2
1985 Sweet Dreams Patsy Cline 2
1988 Always Patsy Cline 1
1988 Dreaming… Patsy Cline 1
1988 The Last Sessions Patsy Cline 1
1989 Walkin' After Midnight Patsy Cline 1
1990 Walkin' After Midnight & More Country Memories Patsy Cline 1
1990 Greatest Hits Patsy Cline & Jim Reeves 1
1991 Walkin' After Midnight Patsy Cline 1
1991 The Patsy Cline Collection Patsy Cline 1
1991 Golden Greats Patsy Cline 1
1991 The Wonderful World of Patsy Cline Patsy Cline 1
1992 My Greatest Songs Patsy Cline 1
1993 Patsy Cline 20 Great Hits Patsy Cline 1
1993 The Great Patsy Cline Patsy Cline 1
1994 Cry Not for Me Patsy Cline 1
1994 The Best Of Patsy Cline 1
1994 The Best of Patsy Cline Patsy Cline 1
1995 Patsy Cline Sings Songs of Love Patsy Cline 1
1995 At Her Best Patsy Cline 1
1995 Legendary Country Singers: Patsy Cline Patsy Cline 1
1995 Rhythm 'N' Country Patsy Cline 1
1996 Sincerely Yours Patsy Cline 1
1996 All-Time Greatest Hits Patsy Cline 1
1996 Very Best of Patsy Cline Patsy Cline 1
1996 Walkin' After Midnight Patsy Cline 1
1997 Heartaches Patsy Cline 1
1997 Heartaches Patsy Cline 1
1997 The Ultimate Collection Patsy Cline 1
1997 Walkin' After Midnight Patsy Cline 1
1998 I Can't Forget You Patsy Cline 1
1998 The Heart You Break May Be Your Own Patsy Cline 1
1998 Through the Eyes of Patsy Cline: An Anthology Patsy Cline 1
1998 Walkin' After Midnight: 28 Country Classic Patsy Cline 1

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