Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Remembering Patsy Cline 9/8/32 – 3/5/63

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It's been 50 years since the world lost one of its most iconic singers.  Because there will never be another talent like Patsy Cline, let's take a moment to remember her.

Patsy began singing on a radio show in Winchester, Virginia as a teenager to help support her family.  She had perfect pitch, and through determination and hard work went on to become one of the most respected and influencial female singers of the 20th century.  She was a pioneer, crossing over from the country charts into pop music and leading the way for female artists to headline music concerts ... which was unheard of for women in her day.

Patsy's lively personality, emotionally expressive voice and pivotal role in the music industry will never be forgotten by anyone who listens to her songs.
Photo: Patsy Cline website here

Aside from Cline's remarkable contralto voice, people who knew her always mention what a geniune and likeable person Patsy was.  Often described as generous and big hearted, she accomplished so much in just 31 years.  Not only did she reach the top of her profession, she was a devoted wife, mother and daughter and much loved by friends and Nashiville's music community.

Why not remember her spirit, as well as, her talent?

To understand what I'm saying, take another moment to read The Dash, a poem written in 1996.

R.I.P. the one and only Patsy Cline.  In every way, you used your dash well.

Patsy Cline's remastered albums are a must-have for anyone who loves a gorgeous voice. Click here and here to listen to two of her signiture songs. 

As musician Roy Clark, Jr. points out: Faded Love was forever a Bob Wills song -- Bob wrote it, recorded it and had a hit with it, but as soon as Patsy sang it, it became a Patsy Cline song.

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4 comments:

  1. OMG- this is fabulous! What a great singer, if you trace the songs, you can find a huge influence on singers for many years after her death- like Dottie West, Connie Smith, and Jan Howard (wife of Harlan Howard, who never really got great recognition). I hope that you do more blogs like this. Incredible, wow, terrific, fab!!!

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  2. "Gorgeous" is the only word to describe Patsy Cline's voice. "Breathtaking" might be another. Thanks for posting this.

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  3. Patsy's voice is timeless and so beautiful. As Jan Howard said, "Gosh the emotion!"

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  4. Love hearing her. Great post!

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