September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963
The most popular female country singer in recording history, Patsy Cline has achieved icon status since her tragic early death at age thirty in 1963. Cline is invariably invoked as a standard for female vocalists, and she has inspired scores of singers including K D Lang, Loretta Lynn, Linda Ronstadt, Trisha Yearwood, and Wynonna Judd.
Her brief career produced the #1 jukebox hit of all time, “Crazy” (written by Willie Nelson) and her unique, crying style and vocal impeccability have established her reputation as the quintessential torch singer.
[Country Music Hall Of Fame, Nashville, Tennessee]