Prior to Patsy Cline’s death in a plane crash at the age of 30 on March 5, 1963, she only recorded for 8 years. Your favorite Patsy Cline song may not have been featured yet in our The Best of Patsy Cline: Her Timeline of Classic Country Music Part I article.
Here’s the last set, because we would not want you to wait that long.
1963 – “Sweet Dreams”
You may know this song of Faron Young in 1956. However, Pasty Cline and producer, Owen Bradley, put a twist on “Sweet Dreams.” The recording was perfect for Cline’s calm voice, mildly soaring above great instrumentation and divine sounds of the Jordanaires. Exactly one month before her death, she recorded the song. It peaked 5th for two months, after her death. The song aided in commemorating the Country Music Hall of Famer as the title of the film of her life.
1963 – “Leavin’ on Your Mind”
After dozens of failed records – with two recorded under her real name, Virginia Hensley, the spirited country girl finally hit the top. Cline was swimming in the middle of her big hits when she released “Leavin’ on Your Mind.” The single soared to the Top 10 in February of 1963, less than a month before her untimely death in a plane crash.
1964 – “Faded Love”
Six months after her death, Cline’s version of the Bob Wills classic, “Faded Love,” became an immediate smash. Many singers admire her music because of the resounding pain and exclamation in her voice. This also the reason Country Music Television regarded Patsy Cline first on their list of the 40 Greatest Women of Country Music.
1967 – “Back in Baby’s Arms”
“Back in Baby’s Arms” was another Patsy Cline recording that did not chart, however, the song is included on Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits collection released in 1967 and released again in 1988. Eventually, the album received a diamond certification from the RIAA. In addition, it was awarded as The Longest-Charting Title by a Female Artist of any music genre in history in the 2005 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
1980 – “Always”
17 years after her death, Patsy Cline’s version of “Always” unexpectedly broke the Top 20 on the Billboard Country Singles chart. Re-arranged with modern studio musicians and background vocals, the song would later become the title of the musical based on the life of Patsy Cline, produced by Ted Swindley in 1993.
Her music will always be loved and her impact on country music will never be forgotten. What about you? Is your favorite Patsy Cline Song included? What songs would you add to our list? We will be much delighted if you’ll tell us in the comments section.
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