Happy Birthday, Patsy Kline

Patsy Kline would turn 74 today, had she lived.  Ms. Kline was killed in 1963, when she was 30 years old.  On March  5, 1963, Patsy Kline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Randy Hughes, were all killed when the airplane they were riding in crashed over Tennessee.  Her career was short, only 8 years, but this talented artist made a lasting mark on music, and recorded numerous hits:  “Crazy”, in 1961, written by young sonwriter Willie Nelson, “Walking after Midnight”, She’s Got You, and so many more. 

In 2003, Universal Music released a tripute album in honor of her birthday, with an amazing line-up of artists to pay tribute to Patsy and her songs.  This cd, Remembering Patsy Kline, will make you smile and remember this talented woman.  Artists who contributed are:

  1. Natalie Cole – I Fall to Pieces
  2. Nora Jones – “Why Can’t He Be You?”
  3. Amy Grant -” Back in Baby’s Arms”
  4. Dina Krall – “Crazy”
  5. Michelle Branch – “Strange”
  6. Lee Ann Womak – “She’s Got You”
  7. k.d. LOang – “Leavin’ On Your Mind”
  8. Terri Clark – “Walkin’ After Midnight”
  9. Rebecca Lynn Howard – You’re Stranger than Me
  10. Patty Griffin – Faded Love
  11. Jessi Alexander – So Wrong
  12. Martina McBride – Sweet Dreams (of you)”

Her death was a great loss.  I wonder what music she would have amazed and surprised us with, had she lived.
There is a website of the crash site at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~langolier/patsy_cline.html.  

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