Patsy Cline was a country music legend, famed for soulful voice and tragically short life. A pioneer for the genre, Cline’s unique voice and ability to cross-over into the pop charts solidified her legendary status. While Cline tragically passed at the age of 30 in a plane crash, her music lives on to this day.
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Patsy Cline Facts
1. At the age of 13, Cline was hospitalized with rheumatic fever and a throat infection. It was this illness that Cline credits her signature booming voice for, saying that when she recovered her singing was forever changed.
2. Patsy was insistent on receiving payment before performing a concert. “No dough, no show,” became her mantra.
3. In 1962, Cline took on Las Vegas and became the first woman in country music to headline her own show.
4. Among Clines’ personal items recovered from her fatal plane crash included the singer’s wristwatch, a Confederate flag cigarette lighter, a studded belt, and three pairs of gold lamé slippers.
5. When Patsy performed “Crazy” at the Grand Ole Opry, she received three standing ovations.
6. Patsy was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932
7. She became the first female solo artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 1973.
8. Patsy released 3 studio albums including: Patsy Cline, Patsy Cline Showcase and Sentimentally Yours.
9. Patsy achieved two #1 hits on the Billboard Country Music charts.
10. “I Fall to Pieces” was her first number 1 hit on the Billboard country chart while also becoming a major crossover pop hit. Its follow-up single, “Crazy”, was also released in 1961. and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard country chart and number 9 on its subsequent pop chart.
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