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 She was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in Winchester, Virginia, in the city's Memorial Hospital. … Read More


1947 14 Years Old …  Her performance in 1947 was well received, and she was asked back. … Read More


1953 20 Years Old Cline married Gerald Edward Cline (1925–1994), a contractor, on March 7, 1953. The marriage ended in divorce on July 4, 1957. … Read More
Bill Peer, her second manager, gave her the name Patsy, from her middle name, Patterson. In 1955 he gained a contract for her at Four Star Records, the label he was then affiliated with. … Read More
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
1957 - 1958 2 More Events
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 June 14, 1961, she and her brother Sam were involved in a head-on collision on Old Hickory Boulevard in Nashville. … 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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