Over the decades, Nashville has turned out many a fine female country artist. Not to discount the talent of gals like Dolly, Reba and Loretta Lynn - but there really isn't a one of them on the level of Patsy Cline. In fact, it was Patsy that opened the doors for ladies to become superstars in country music. The world was a far different place in the 1950s and 60s. All she had to do was start singing, and the male status quo melted in her wake.
This lady is right up there with the likes of Johnny Cash in terms of continuing popularity and a sound that refuses to go out of style. Though she died at the height of her career this week in 1963, millions of copies of her recordings have been sold over the decades. It doesn't look like public interest in Patsy's music will be ending any time soon either. She remains a force to be reckoned with almost 50 years after her death. It's quite possible that her life had not been cut so short, Patsy may not have lived to see today. Born in 1930, she would have been 82 if not for the tragic plane crash on a cold March day. Still, you can be certain we'd have a lot more of her recordings to enjoy.
Performing at a time when the lines between country music and rock were yet to be firmly established, her music graces both pop and country charts. That in itself is a phenomenon with the boundaries of both genres so firmly entrenched. While its not surprising that CMT ranked Patsy as the greatest female country singer of all time, it does give one pause to learn that Rolling Stone puts her at #46 of all rock and roll artists throughout history. Its kind of incredible for a person to continue winning awards long after they have passed on.
She may be gone, but will never be forgotten. An inspiration to many and a huge influence on the music industry as a whole, remembering this wildly successful artist is a natural thing to do annually, if not every week. This is my favorite Patsy Cline song in the video below. Which one is yours?