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Patsy Cline

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To the general public, Patsy Cline's name and legend will forever be linked to four crossover pop hits and her tragic death in that infamous private plane crash on March 5, 1963. Savvier listeners say her legacy rests on the creamy, flawless ballads she recorded for Decca between November 1960 and February 1963.

But what if a frustrated, disheartened Patsy Cline never recorded another note after her 4-Star contract expired in 1960? Those obsessed with trade charts would tab her as the 'one-hit wonder' who spent a career seeking that elusive follow-up to Walkin' After Midnight. But country and rockabilly collectors would rank her among the era's greatest dynamic female singers, ranking alongside of Charline Arthur, Wanda Jackson, Brenda Lee, Rose Maddox, Janis Martin and Kay Starr.

Sure, the ballads Cline was handed in the studio between 1955 and 1960 were mediocre at best, embarrassing at worst. But her brassy, nicotine-fueled vocals absolutely shine on the uptempo material reissued here. Arguably these recordings – not the lush, later Decca productions that Owen Bradley midwifed – reveal the 'true' Patsy Cline.

Cline's story has been told often, most notably in Margaret Jones' definitive biography 'Patsy: The Life And Times Of Patsy Cline' (HarperCollins, 1994), Ellis Nassour's earlier 'Patsy Cline' (Leisure, 1981), and Paul Kingsbury's notes for a now-deleted MCA box set, 'The Patsy Cline Collection'. In a nutshell, she was born Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932 in Gore, Tennessee. Encouraged by an older half-sister, she taught herself piano as a child. The family moved to Winchester, Virginia, where she made her radio debut over WINC in 1948. Impressed by her talent, gospel singer Wally Fowler suggested she try out for the Grand Ole Opry, but her young age kept her off the Ryman stage.

She allegedly took the stage name 'Patsy' from WLS singer Patsy Montana, although some claim it was a childhood contraction of her middle name. By  1952 she began singing with Bill Peer's Melody Boys, dressed in a flashy cowgirl outfit sewn by her mother. In March 1953 she married construction worker Gerald Cline, reportedly to ward off Peer's constant advances.

When Washington, DC record producer Lillian Claiborne became her manager in 1954, she arranged for Cline to record about a dozen songs at Ben Adelman's local studio. Adelman had some connections in the music industry. A year earlier he placed Jimmy Dean's Bumming Around with Bill McCall's 4-Star Records, scoring a #5 Billboard country hit.

Impressed by Cline's bold performances, Adelman brought Cline's demos to McCall's Pasadena 4-Star's offices. McCall saw potential in the singer, signing her to a two-year contract in September 1954. The terms were ethically questionable, calling for sixteen releasable sides, paying $50 per master plus a royalty of 2.34 percent of a record's retail price. As biographer Margaret Jones noted, this was less than half [of ?] the going royalty paid by most labels. "That meant if she had a modest hillbilly hit of 25,000, the most she would stand to make after all the standard deductions would be $440," Jones wrote.

Far more ominous was McCall's fine print: "The musical compositions to be recorded shall be mutually agreed on by you and us, and each recording shall be subject to our approval as satisfactory, for manufacture and sale." In a nutshell, Cline could only record material owned and administered by McCall's publishing companies.

McCall's one-year 'option to renew' clause also proved problematic. "When she was broke, she would call McCall and ask for an advance against future royalties," Jones explained. "McCall would give her money but would require an extension on her contract." Cline renewed her contract three times between March 30 and November 29, 1956, tying her to 4-Star into summer 1960.

Dissatisfied with the Adelman tapes, Cohen asked Cline to record a demo session in Decca's New York studios, backed by Peer's Melody Boys. Cline cut four songs at this November 1954 session. How Cohen responded to these now lost tracks is uncertain. Ellis Nassour claims that Cohen wanted to buy Cline's contract outright, but McCall refused his offer. While conceding that this demo session helped secure the Coral contract, Jones says that Cohen was dissatisfied with what he heard.

Believing the singer would be better served by Nashville sidemen, Cohen arranged to have Cline record at Owen Bradley's Film and Recording Studio on June 1, 1955. Although the exact personnel is unknown, musicians on this session are generally believed to be Grady Martin and Harold Bradley, guitars; Tommy Jackson, fiddle; Don Helms, steel; Bob Moore; bass; Farris Coursey, drums; and Owen Bradley on piano. Four songs were recorded, two of them ballads 'co-written' by W.S. Stevenson, actually a Bill McCall pseudonym lifting William Shakespeare's initials and Robert Louis Stevenson's last name. Cline shined on the two upbeat numbers heard here, Turn The Cards Slowly and Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round. Cline's first two Coral releases showcased the ballads, relegating her livelier songs to the flip sides. Neither single dented the charts.

Meanwhile, Cline's career was on the rise, thanks to her association with Washington, DC-area broadcaster and promoter Connie B. Gay. Cline became a semi-regular on Gay's daily 'Town & Country Time' radio and television shows. In September 1955 she was featured on Gay's 'Town & Country Jamboree,' a live Saturday night extravaganza hosted by Jimmy Dean. By year's end the show emerged as the region's most popular musical showcase, reaching an estimated 500,000 viewers.

In January 1956 Cline returned to Bradley's Nashville studio for her second session. ..

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Three Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) Patsy Cline: Three Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRGM060

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(Real Gone Music) 73 Tracks - 1955-1962 - Three classic albums plus bonus singles from the great country singer, who unfortunately died in a plane crash at the height of her career in 1963. Includes the following records: Patsy Cline,...
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The Best Of Anthology (CD, Limited Deluxe Edition) Patsy Cline: The Best Of Anthology (CD, Limited Deluxe Edition) Art-Nr.: CDCLP1871

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(Stardust Records) 25 Tracks - Her best recordings plus two bonus tracks: Patsy Cline with Lonesome Spurs and Wanda Jackson! Strictly limited edition of 500 copies! Great package of a small cardboard box with embedded sticker and badge...
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Hits & Hymns (CD) Patsy Cline: Hits & Hymns (CD) Art-Nr.: CD941529

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Patsy Cline - Live At The Opry (LP) Patsy Cline: Patsy Cline - Live At The Opry (LP) Art-Nr.: LPMCA42142X

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(MCA) 12 tracks Patsy Cline live appearances at the legendary 'Grand Ole Opry' done between June 16, 1956 and March 23, 1962 - Candaian pressing - Originally sealed cut-out LP
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The Patsy Cline Commemorative Collection (2-CD) CLINE, Patsy: The Patsy Cline Commemorative Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCAD28925

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(MCA) 33 tracks (84:27) 2-CD with booklets - US Longbox packaging​
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Sweet Dreams - The Life and Times Of Patsy Cline - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (LP) Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams - The Life and Times Of Patsy... Art-Nr.: MCA6149

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(MCA Records) 12 tracks, featuring the timeless music and original vocals of the legendary Patsy Cline- Original 1985 Motion Picture Soundtrack New, originally sealed stock LP with some storage wear
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Always (CD) Patsy Cline: Always (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPWKS502

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(1988/Pickwick) 14 tracks
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Honky Tonk Angel, Intimate Story of Patsy Cline Patsy Cline: Honky Tonk Angel, Intimate Story of Patsy Cline Art-Nr.: 0003011

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Taschenbuch - 423 pages - Virgin Books - 1994 - Englisch Patsy Cline She Walked The Line Between Sinner And Saint. But When She Sang, She Was An Angel. HER CAREER... came the hard way, after she battled a Virginia hardscrabble childhood...
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Heartaches (CD) Patsy Cline: Heartaches (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCAD20265

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(1985/MCA) 10 tracks inclusive Crazy, She's Got You, Anytime and more
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The Very Best Of Patsy Cline (LP, 180g Vinyl) Patsy Cline: The Very Best Of Patsy Cline (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPDYNV1001

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(2017/Del Ray Records) 14 tracks - Great compilation on 180g vinyl
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Heroes Collection (CD) Patsy Cline: Heroes Collection (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPGD073

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(2009/Pegasus) 50 tracks
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Showcase - Sentimentally Yours (CD) Patsy Cline: Showcase - Sentimentally Yours (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBGO798

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(2008/BGO) 24 tracks, CD reissue of the two albums 'Showcase' (1961) and 'Sentimentally Yours' (1962). slipcase packaging
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Rockin' Side - Her First Recordings Vol.3 (LP) Patsy Cline: Rockin' Side - Her First Recordings Vol.3 (LP) Art-Nr.: LPRN70050

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(1989/Rhino) 13 tracks recorded 1956-1959 for the Decca label! Produced by Owen Bradley! Rare originally sealed Rhino LP!
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Her First Recordings Vol.2 - Hungry For Love (CD) Patsy Cline: Her First Recordings Vol.2 - Hungry For Love (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRN70049

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Her First Recordings Vol.3 - Rockin' Side (CD) Patsy Cline: Her First Recordings Vol.3 - Rockin' Side (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRN70050

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(1989/Rhino) 13 Tracks - Her early Rockabilly styled recordings from the 4-Star era!
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Live At The Opry (CD) Patsy Cline: Live At The Opry (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCAD42142

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(1988/MCA) 12 tracks (28:34) 1956-60 AAD with introductions by Little Jimmy Dickens, Hank Snow & Jim Reeves. few copies
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Live At Cimarron Ballroom (CD) Patsy Cline: Live At Cimarron Ballroom (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCA11579

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​(1997/MCA) 17 tracks, recorded live July 29, 1961 at the Cimarron Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma!
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Sweet Dreams: Decca Masters 1960-63 (2-CD) Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams: Decca Masters 1960-63 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHIP27389

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(2010/HIP-O/GEFFEN) 51 tracks - Digipac with 24 page booklet. Limited
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Crazy & More Hits Patsy Cline: Crazy & More Hits Art-Nr.: DVD1128

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Region code 0/English. The ultimate collection of hits, rarities and personal favorites from one of the world's greatest performers. This DVD captures her inescapable emotion and vocal charisma and showcases the many facets of her...
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The Real Patsy Cline - Documentary Patsy Cline: The Real Patsy Cline - Documentary Art-Nr.: DVDU2725

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(2008/Umbrella) NTSC, all regions, English 2.0, Color, 4:3, 48 Min, a great documentary about female Country singer Patsy Cline, feat. George Hamilton IV, Carl Perkins, Roy Drusky, Ferlin Husky, Loretta Lynn, Mel Tillis and many more
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Greatest Hits (200g Vinyl) Patsy Cline: Greatest Hits (200g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPAPP74854

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(2013/Analogue Productions) 12 tracks, original Decca recordings, 1957-64, Repro of the Greatest Hits Album, Decca DL74854 (1967). Limited Edition, 200g Vinyl, Quality Pressing Virgin Vinyl.
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Walkin' After Midnight - Original Sessions Patsy Cline: Walkin' After Midnight - Original Sessions Art-Nr.: CDDUAL1144

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​(2003/Dualtone) 14 tracks
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On The Air: Her Greatest TV Performances Patsy Cline: On The Air: Her Greatest TV Performances Art-Nr.: CD1741502

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(2012/Universal) 14 track (34:52) with 12 page booklet. Rare 1962/63 TV performances from Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry, The Greg Reeves Show a.o.
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Walkin' After Midnight (Ltd. Picture Disc) Patsy Cline: Walkin' After Midnight (Ltd. Picture Disc) Art-Nr.: LPCLP8726

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(2012/GOLDENLANE) 12 tracks - full color pics - good sound quality.
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Just Out Of Reach (2-CD) Patsy Cline: Just Out Of Reach (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS36189

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50 Songs (2-CD) Patsy Cline: 50 Songs (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDGT2198

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(2010/GUSTO) 50 tracks
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Icon 2 Series (2-CD) Patsy Cline: Icon 2 Series (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD1452702

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(2010/MCA) 24 tracks
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Icon Series Patsy Cline: Icon Series Art-Nr.: CD1452602

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(2010/MCA) 12 tracks
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Sweet Dreams - Documentation & Perfomances Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams - Documentation & Perfomances Art-Nr.: DVDFOR14053

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From Church To Courtroom (CD) Patsy Cline: From Church To Courtroom (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPSALM2327

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(2010/RIGHTEOUS) 24 tracks
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Stop, Look And Listen - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight Patsy Cline: Stop, Look And Listen - Gonna Shake This Shack... Art-Nr.: BCD16781

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1-CD with 43-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 67 mns. In memoriam - forty-five years ago country music stars died in plane crash. Patsy Cline , Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins planned to fly to Nashville in a Piper...
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28 Golden Hits Patsy Cline: 28 Golden Hits Art-Nr.: CDTVC0738

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CD on TEEVEE RECORDS by Patsy Cline - 28 Golden Hits
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Sweet Dreams: The Four Star Recordings Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams: The Four Star Recordings Art-Nr.: CDDBKW127

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(2006/DBK) 23 tracks 1955-60 / digipac
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The Definitive Collection Patsy Cline: The Definitive Collection Art-Nr.: CDMCA1791

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(2004/MCA) 22 tracks 1956-63 - 12 page booklet - stunning sound !
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Essential Collection Patsy Cline: Essential Collection Art-Nr.: CD544535

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(2001/SPECTRUM) 18 tracks
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Gotta Lot Of Rhythm - Early Country Rockers Patsy Cline: Gotta Lot Of Rhythm - Early Country Rockers Art-Nr.: LPDMS2045

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(Demand) 18 Rockers by Patsy Cline which were recorded for the 4-Star, Decca and Everest labels between 1955 and 1959!
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The Four Star Recordings Vol.2 (CD) Patsy Cline: The Four Star Recordings Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCTS55452

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CD on MUSIC CLUB RECORDS by Patsy Cline - The Four Star Recordings Vol.2 (CD)
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The Four Star Recordings (CD) Patsy Cline: The Four Star Recordings (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCTS55451

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