8. September 2013 By Walter Price 0

The Queen: Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline

Today the GTC would like celebrate the birth of Virginia Patterson Hensley or as she preferred to called in public, Patsy Cline

Or as we now know her, ‘The Queen of Country Music’. 

Born in Winchester, VA on 8 September 1932, Patsy went on to be the most iconic female voice in country music and the first female country star to cross over into the ‘pop’ genre. 

“Walkin’ After Midnight”, “I Fall To Pieces:, “Strange”, “So Wrong”, “You’re Stronger Than Me”, “She’ Got You”, “Sweet Dreams (Of You)” and her signature track, the Willie Nelson penned, “Crazy”.

What a voice, what a career and what a personality. Sadly, Patsy Cline left us way too early, age 30, when her plane crashed near Camden, TN in 1963. Some say she predicted her demise making her legend even more intriguing if not strange. 

Cline continued to chart singles into the 90’s and is still influencing young and old artists to this very day. 

Let’s hear some words from her own lips….

“A lot of people say you’ve got all the loving in the world when you walk out onstage. But hell, that applause don’t help you any when you’re lying in that bed at night being totally ignored.” -Patsy Cline

“The one thing I wanted to do more than anything else was sing country music.” – Patsy Cline

“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!” – Patsy Cline

“If you can’t do it with feeling, don’t!” – Patsy Cline

R.I.P. Patsy Cline (1932-1963). We’d be Crazy to not spend the day listening to your records…

Also Born On This Day: Ben Orr – The Cars (1955-2000), Richard Hughes – Keane (1975), Pink (1979) and Kelly Groucutt – Electric Light Orchestra (1945-2009)