Patsy Cline Biography

Virginia Patterson Hensley, known professionally as Patsy Cline, was an American country music singer. Part of the early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully "crossed over" to pop music. She died at the age of 30 in a multiple fatality crash in the private plane of her manager, Randy Hughes. She was one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century.

Cline was best known for her rich tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice and her role as a country music industry pioneer. Along with Kitty Wells, she helped pave the way for women as headline performers in the genre. Cline was cited as an inspiration by singers in several genres. Books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays document her life and career.

Her hits began in 1957 with Donn Hecht's and Alan Block's "Walkin' After Midnight", Hank Cochran's and Harlan Howard's "I Fall to Pieces", Hank Cochran's "She's Got You", Willie Nelson's "Crazy" and ended in 1963 with Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams".

Millions of her records have sold since her death. She won awards and accolades, leading many to view her as an icon at the level of Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Patsy Cline
Full Name:
Virginia Patterson Hensley
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Singer, Songwriter
Date of Birth:
September 8, 1932
Astrological Sign:
Virgo
Date of Death:
March 5, 1963
Age at Death:
30
Cause of Death:
Aviation accident or incident
Marriages
  • 1957-09-15
    Country music legend Patsy Cline (25) weds linotype operator Charles Dick (23) in Winchester, England
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