Greg Mitchell is the author of a dozen books and now writer/director of award-winning films. He was also a longtime editor of the legendary Crawdaddy.
Patsy Cline, often described as the greatest female country singer and one of the first to cross over to the pop charts—as I remember well from back in my transistor days—died with three others in a plane crash in Tennessee 60 years ago today. She was at the peak of her popularity and was still only thirty. An amazing note: Roger “King of the Road” Miller, soon to be a legendary country/pop songwriter and singer himself, found the grim wreckage of the plane in the woods with scavengers already there and carrying away items. Patsy would be memorialized decades later, played by Jessica Lange, in the popular movie Sweet Dreams.
Maybe you’ve only heard Patsy but not seen here in live clips. So a few Patsy songs and performances below. Enjoy, and then please subscribe if you have not, it’s still free (no pledge for future fee required).
”I Fall to Pieces”
Very young but already “Walkin’ After Midnight”
“She’s Got You”
and Jessica Lange in her Oscar-nominated role, lip-syncing “Sweet Dreams.”
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Sidebar: in East Nashville, I lived on a cul de sac on a hill above Cornelia Fort Airpark, where she was headed that night. Sure wish she’d made it