Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline

There’s much more to Patsy Cline’s story at Wikipedia. I chose a few facts that I found interesting.

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Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in Winchester Memorial Hospital. Her parents were 43-year-old Samuel Lawrence Hensley, a blacksmith, and his second wife, 16-year-old Hilda Virginia Patterson Hensley. Patsy had a well known music career which continues to influence singers today.

On June 14, 1961, Patsy and her brother, Sam, were involved in a head-on car collision nearly killed her. When she left the hospital, her forehead was still visibly scarred. For the remainder of her career, she wore wigs and careful makeup to hide the scars and headbands to relieve pressure on her forehead. She returned to the road on crutches, determined to be a survivor with a new appreciation for life.

After the success of “I Fall to Pieces”, Cline needed a follow-up, particularly because the car accident had required that she spend a month in the hospital, which meant lost time from touring and promotions. The famous follow-up to her hit was written by Willie Nelson and called “Crazy”, which Cline originally hated. She is quoted as saying, “I recorded a song called, I Fall to Pieces, and I was in a car wreck. Now I’m worried because I have a brand-new record, and it’s called Crazy! ”

On March 5, 1963 Patsy died in a plane crash at the age of 30. She was buried in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia, at Shenandoah Memorial Park. Her grave is marked with a simple bronze plaque, which reads: Virginia H (Patsy) Cline “Death Cannot Kill What Never Dies: Love.” With the help of Loretta Lynn and Dottie West a bell tower, erected in her memory at the cemetery, plays hymns daily at 6:00 p.m., the hour of her death.

Celebrate Patsy’s birthday by taking a few minutes to listen to her rich, expressive voice-