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Remembering Patsy Cline’s Sad Song “I Fall to Pieces”


The song was written by legendary songwriters, Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard. But, can you believe that this stunningly beautiful song was almost not recorded by Patsy? Yes, the legendary singer did not like the song. Not until her producer, Owen Bradley, coaxed her into it.

This would have been very unfortunate since the song became Patsy’s No. 1 hit.

Cline’s Ascent to Fame

The legacy that the singer left is well-known to all country fans. fact, she was listed as No. 12 in the Rolling Stone article for Top 100 Most influential Country Artist of All Time.

This huge success that she had in the short amount of time that she had lived is really astonishing. One can say that she can attribute her success with the release of her song, “I Fall to Pieces.”

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This was the singer’s first ever song to hit the country charts and the pop charts. Together with Cline’s haunting tone, this really established the singer’s own style of singing. This for sure, made a mark to the entire country fans. Even now, no one is considered to even come close to the singing style of Patsy Cline.

The Song’s Rocky Start

Considered to be one of the saddest country records, this song really speaks from the heart.  Howard, one of the song writers, admitted that he was skeptical because he had a hard time writing love songs.

The song was first pitched to the famous Brenda Lee and Roy Drusky but they rejected it. During the recording, the singer also did not like the Nashville-sound that came out from the instrumentals. She was also 7-month pregnant back then so you could really imagine the struggle.

After the release of the song, it endured slow success. By April, it first entered the country charts. And then by August, it reached the top spot.

If you’re in the mood to listen to an old sad song, check it out here:

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