Patsy Cline

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About Patsy Cline

Legendary vocalist Patsy Cline, the most popular female country singer in recording history, crossed over to the Pop charts and blazed a trail for generations of artists who followed in her footsteps. ∙ Cline made her national TV debut in 1957 on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, performing her now-classic “Walkin’ After Midnight,” which shot up the Billboard Pop and Country charts. ∙ Named an official member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1960, she performed as part of their sold-out show at New York City’s Carnegie Hall the following year. ∙ Her song “Crazy,” written by a young Willie Nelson, went to No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962 and was later declared the No. 1 jukebox hit of all time. ∙ Johnny Cash coheadlined the Hollywood Bowl with her in 1962, and that same year she became the first female country artist to headline her own Las Vegas show. ∙ Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits—released in 1967, just a few years after her life was tragically cut short—has sold more than 10 million copies in the US alone. ∙ In 1973, she posthumously became the first solo female artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Grammys honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. ∙ She has been depicted in numerous films and TV shows, including the 1985 biopic Sweet Dreams, which earned actress Jessica Lange an Academy Award nomination.

Winchester, VA, United States of America
September 8, 1932

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