Patsy Cline recorded music for eight short years. We are so lucky because she left a collection of endless classics. For sure, her songs will always be sung. Her voice continues to inspire artists of all genres and generations. First Lady of country music, Tammy Wynette, once said,
“In the cotton fields of Mississippi, I would daydream about being Patsy Cline. Patsy is and perhaps will always be the standard bearer for all female country singers.”
Enjoy our trip down memory lane with the first set of our Top 10 Patsy Cline classics.
1957 – “Walkin’ After Midnight”
Since 1954, Patsy Cline had been recording for small record labels with the slightest achievements. Then, in 1957, her appearance on CBS’ Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts shot her to a national level. Godfrey commended her stating, “There is surely stardust on you.”
“Walkin’ After Midnight” was immediately released and the song peaked 2nd on the Billboard Country Singles chart. Did you know that Cline rejected the song at first, saying it was “nothin’ but a little ol’ pop song”? Nevertheless, the song was the start of her milestones.
1957 – “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray”
After Patsy Cline’s success on Arther Godfrey’s talent scouts, Decca records arranged as many record sessions for Cline. One of those songs was “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray.” The song was not a radio hit but became a fan favorite. Not just that, it was a favorite scene in the musical Always … Patsy Cline.
1961 – “Crazy”
Is nostalgia hitting you again? This really is one Patsy Cline classic. During this time, Willie Nelson was one of the hottest songwriters in Nashville. It was when Patsy Cline heard Billy Walker singing another Nelson song, “Funny How Time Slips Away,” that she requested to record the song. However, Walker didn’t agree with it and presented her another Nelson composition titled “Crazy.” With Floyd Cramer at the piano, Grady Martin guitar and Jordanaires behind her, Cline recorded what would become a gem in the Great American Songbook.
1961 – “I Fall to Pieces”
“I Fall to Pieces” was already rejected by Brenda Lee and Roy Drusky when they brought it into Patsy Cline’s producer, Owen Bradley. Bradley convinced Cline, who also didn’t care to cut the song. Also, radio stations were slow to add the record, but with the help of advertisings of Pat Nelson, the song became a hit station by station.
1962 – “She’s Got You”
Different from other stories behind the hits Patsy Cline recorded, it appears that everyone loved “She’s Got You” right from the start. Patsy Cline and company required no convincing to cut this smooth, delicate song. After the recording session, Cline grabbed much needed time off from a busy year – her child’s birth, a near-deadly car crash, her success of playing Carnegie Hall, and notching her first big hit with “I Fall to Pieces.” “She’s Got You” became Cline’s second big hit in 1962.
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