Patsy Cline


Patsy Cline, born Virginia Patterson Hensley, was an American country music singer as part of the early 1960s Nashville sound. Cline successfully "crossed over" to pop music. At age 30, she died at the height of her career in a private plane crash. She was one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century.… Read More

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1932 Birth Born on September 8, 1932.


1947 14 Years Old Her first performance on radio in 1947 was so well received that she was asked back. … Read More


1953 20 Years Old She married contractor Gerald Cline on September 19, 1953 and divorced him on July 4, 1957. … Read More
Bill Peer, her second manager, gave her the name Patsy, from her middle name (her mother's maiden name) Patterson. In 1955 he got her a contract at Four Star Records, the label with which he was then affiliated. … Read More
1956 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1956, Cline met Winchester native Charlie Dick, a linotype operator and good-looking ladies man who frequented the local club circuit Cline played on weekends, in Berryville, VA, eight miles from Winchester, at an Armory dance where she was the vocalist. … Read More
She married linotype operator Charlie Dick on September 15, 1957. … Read More
1959 26 Years Old In 1959 Cline met Randy Hughes, a session guitarist and promotion man. … Read More
1960 27 Years Old 1 More Event
When her Four Star contract expired in 1960, she signed with Decca Records-Nashville, directly under Owen Bradley, a legendary producer of female country singers. … Read More
…  On Thursday, August 17, 1961, with Cline on crutches, the session was the rare time that Cline couldn't complete a recording in one take. … Read More
In 1962, Cline appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and released her third album, Sentimentally Yours in August. … Read More


On March 3, 1963, Cline performed a benefit at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, for the family of disc jockey "Cactus" Jack Call. … Read More
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