“Patsy Cline is an American music icon and perhaps the most accessible artist in country music history,” says Country Music Hall of Fame and museum director Kyle Young (quote via GAC). “Though she recorded for only eight years and made her last record nearly 50 years ago, her body of work — those classic torch songs and ballads of heartache — have continued to resonate with music fans of all genres.”
One of the most played songs in country music is "Crazy", written and originally sung by Willie Nelson. But it is Patsy Cline's version that most know. In an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal, Willie says Patsy's husband, Charlie Dick first asked about the song in 1962 in Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.
Patsy Cline set the standard for the modern female country singer. She along with Brenda Lee and Skeeter Davis created the country-pop crossover sound in the early 60's. But probably because of her early death, Cline has garnered a more legendary status than the others.
In January, 1957, when Patsy Cline competed and won Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts TV competition by singing "Walkin' After Midnight", she was living in a tiny two story frame house at 608 S. Kent Street in Winchester, Virginia.
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