Stories from 1999
"Happy Holidays to all of you Patsy Cline fans! My name is ArLynn
Baber and I have always loved Patsy Cline's music. But this is not about
me. This is a gift to my mother, Melba Moore. She lives in Carlisle,
Iowa. My mother has loved Patsy Cline ever since she can remember. She
became familiar with Patsy's music when she attended concerts in Ottumwa,
Iowa. Of course she loves all of her songs but one of her favorites is
"I Fall To Pieces". My mother says she was just a down to earth person who
loved to have fun, especially with her fans. Her music captured the hearts
and romance of so many people. My mother, Melba, also loved Patsy because
Loretta Lynn was one of her dearest friends and my mom dearly loves Loretta
Lynn also. This is for you, mom!! I love you very much!!"
Arlynn Baber, Dec 17, 1999.
"I'm David Rhys Miles. I turn 50 next month. In 1997 the Seattle Peace
Chorus, a choir I sang with, had a karaoke night to celebrate its tenth
anniversary. One of our sopranos, Julie Kerby, sang 'Walkin' After
Midnight'. It tore me up inside, so I had to go out and walk around
myself. Later she told me it was a Patsy Cline song. I'd heard the name
Patsy Cline but knew nothing about her. Not too long after that my wife's
sister sent us a CD, 'Patsy Cline: 12 Greatest Hits'. I get teary every
time I listen to it, so I don't listen to it much when other people are
David Miles, Dec 12, 1999.
"Well, it has been a year now since we had to say so long to Hilda
Hensley, Patsy Cline's Mother. I guess I have a few more memories than
some, because for a time I was on the inside at 605 South Kent Street looking
out. For 10 years I was Mom's Master of Ceremonies during the Labor Day
weekend festival at Winchester, Va. There are so many memories to sort through,
I'm not ready to say very much because Mom was a very private person, and
although she didn't have a lot of money from Patsy's fame, she valued her
privacy very much. It upset her when stories were told and the details were
wrong. Getting it right was the only way to get it.
After a benefit show to raise funds for scholarships to be given to a student
in need we would sometimes sit and talk 'till 5:00 am. Oh, the stories she
could tell about traveling with Patsy on the road, and the friends we made who
contributed to her cause for helping others along the way. I was able to work
with her to book a spot on Nashville Now with Ralph Emery, so she could tell
the world what we were doing down at Winchester, and it wasn't for selfgain or
fame. Her cause remained always to help others.
Hilda (Mom) is gone now and only the memory remains. I have not been able to
sing or walk on stage since she left us on that cold December day. As I said
there could be much to tell, but she was my friend, she was my Mom, and I miss
her so. I guess those are the things that count the most."
Ed Loudermilk, Dec 10, 1999.
Former Entertainment Director for The Patsy Cline Memorial Foundation Inc.
"Hi. My name is Tonya Hall. I live in Kentucky. I am 40 years old.
Someone asked me one time, if I could meet anyone person dead or alive
and spend a whole day with them, who would I pick? I said, Patsy Cline.
I am a huge fan. I have all her songs on tape. I collect anything that
has Patsy's name or face on it. I even went to Nashville to the hall of
fame to look at the things that are on display that once belonged to
her. I took a picture of the cigarette lighter that was on display, that
was found at the crash sight. It has a rebel flag on it. I love Patsy
Cline. There is no one on this earth that can outsing Patsy. I hate it
when people try to copy her sound. It can't be done. So, LeAnn Rimes,
please! Stop trying to sound like Patsy Cline.
Tonya Hall, Dec 9, 1999.
"My name is Kayla Denise Barber. I am fifteen years old. I began loving
Patsy Cline when I received a Patsy Cline boxed set for my fourteenth
birthday. The first Patsy Cline song I heard was 'Walking After Midnight'.
Ever since September 16, 1998 I've been addicted to Patsy Cline and her
Kayla Denise Barber, Nov 24, 1999.
"As of now, I'm a relatively new fan of Patsy Cline. A friend of mine
introduced me to her music. And now I'm truly hooked.
My interests are deeply rooted into old-time jazz vocals (especially
female) and popular music (not rock 'n' roll) from the 20s onto the 60s. I
am not particularly fond of country music. However, I always love classic
female vocalists, who have a way with their songs and interpret their
material uniquely. For the pure emotion that they are able to convey
through their songs, I think Patsy is way up there with Jo Stafford,
Keely Smith, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington,
Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Waters and many more.
I look forward to building up my Patsy collection of CDs very soon. I love
the idea of being able to listen to a new Patsy song, whenever that
may be. Some of my favorites are 'Crazy', 'Faded Love', 'South of the
Border', 'True Love', 'The Wayward Wind', 'Back in Baby's Arms', 'San
Antonio Rose', 'Walkin' After Midnight' and 'Foolin' Around'."
Mitali Chaudhuri, Nov 12, 1999.
"I want to write to you today to let y'all know my love for Patsy
Cline. You see, I live in Winchester, Va., Patsy's hometown. To live here is
to love Patsy and all that she did for country music and the world. Many
people ask me about her when they hear I am from her hometown. I am
only 28, but my mother and father were dating when Patsy was becoming a
big star in Winchester. They used to go to The Rainbow Road, which is
only 15 miles from Winchester, and listen to Pasty's voice which is the
reason they fell in love. Thank God for Pasty or I might not be here
today. Ha Ha, but seriously she was the reason many people fell in love
and stayed in love. Her music is timeless and her fans are growing from
all over. She is a pioneer in music and my town finally recognizes her
beauty, not only as a resident, but also as a legend now. I wish you all
could come to see where she started her life, career and legend. God
bless Patsy and her mother who passed away sadly last Dec from my
hometown. We lost two of the most beautiful people to come from our
valley, but the music and memories linger forever."
Randy Kline, Nov 7, 1999.
"My name is Jeannie Denise Blumberg, I am 35 years old and grew up with
Patsy Cline's music, as well as other types of bluesy hillbilly music. The
older the country, the better. I was not born yet the day Patsy lost her life
in that plane crash, but something about her music made me feel like I knew
her, her angelic voice put goosebumps on my arms everytime she belted
out 'Sweet Dreams' and her other great hits. She is still deeply missed,
and having a webpage to tribute her is wonderful!! She would be sooo
happy to know her music still impacts this generation and her memory
will live on forever!!!!"
Jeannie Denise Blumberg, Nov 4, 1999.
"Since I am from the Foothills of 'The Tarheel State', I was raised on
country music. I can remember when I was a young kid, my grandmother would
listen to music while cleaning the house. And I can clearly recall her
listening to the music on a huge floor model stereo/record player. The type
with the Flip Up Lid to expose the turntable and dials. I was born in 1970,
and do wish and wonder what it would be like if Patsy Cline were alive today?
She has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. Her voice in each song is
so individualized for that particular one. I simply cannot sit still while
listening to her music. I sometimes play like I am in the backup singers!"
Robert McMillan, Nov 4, 1999.
"I love Patsy Cline. Never even met the gal, but I love her. I've been
in awe of her since I was knee high to a grasshopper. She recently
touched my life in a very special way. Over a year or so ago I was
going through a rought spot in my life. Listening to Patsy was one of
the only things that kept me sane. I didn't just listen to her though,
I would get in my car and drive and belt out those songs right along
with her. It made me feel so much better. I began to realize I could
sing pretty darn good, never as good as Patsy, but pretty O.K. That was
a secret that didn't leave my car for a while. Soon things started
looking up when I met my boyfriend, the love of my life. He's made me
happier than I ever thought possible. He also shares my love of country
music and was trying to start up a country band when we were first
dating. I'm super shy sometimes and was terrified to even suggest to
him the idea that I could help out with some singing. But I finally
did, and my boyfriend and I and the band have all been together for a
year now. We will hopefully be recording soon, so when we do I will
e-mail back with more info. People around here seem to like us, so maybe
some of y'all would too... I would have never had the nerve to do all of
this if there never was a Patsy Cline."
Janey Bise, Oct 16, 1999.
"Hi there! My name is Ivie and I am 24. I live in San Antonio, Texas but my
heart lies in the mountains of West Virginia. My grandmother hailed from
Beckly WVA as well as the rest of my mothers side of the family. I don't
remember the exact time when I first heard Patsy Cline, I only remember that I
was little. But I always associate my family with her music. I do not
normally listen to country music, but I make it a point to listen to her. She
seems to sing from the heart, and you can feel it all thru your body. I've
seen the Patsy movies, and 'Coal Miner's Daughter' (which I come from a long
line of West Virginian coal miners) and even named one of my cats Dew Little.
I'm getting married this weekend, and the song that I am going to dance to
with my new husband is "True Love". I always knew that I would play Patsy at
my wedding. She was a very special lady and I look forward to sharing her
with my family and friends on the best day of my life."
Ivie Medrano, Oct 13, 1999.
"I am a 47 year old black male. I have a deep appreciation for Country Music
as well as other music. I fell in love with Patsy Cline years ago. I am a
poet by hobby. I love musical lyrics. Patsy's 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Crazy' are
a couple of my favorites. I love almost everything she sang. I continue to
pick up her music when I am traveling and can find it in different places.
I guess I should say that her music is like my life. I guess it's like most
people's lives. I have and continue to live her songs. They're very easy to
relate to. There are still lots of her music I haven't heard. Is there
somewhere I can find all of it?"
Myron Hines, Sep 30, 1999.
"My name is Laura Nye and I'm 15, almost sixteen years old. My mother always
listened to Patsy Cline, I think while she was pregnant with me too. I can't
remember a time where I didn't at least know the lyrics to 'Walking After
Midnight'. I used to be completely put off of her music because I though it
was something only my mother listened to. But when I was stressed I would
sneak into my mother's room and borrow her Patsy Cline records. I had
listened to her on and off, until about a year ago when I was going through
some really tough times. My mom came into my room and left a three CD set of
Patsy's songs on my desk. The rest is history. Her music got me through the
episode and now I listen to her nearly everyday. Her music touches my heart
and somehow heals all of the bad things that seemed to cling there and never
go away. I'm a better person and much happier as a result."
Laura Nye, Sep 20, 1999.
"I'm only nineteen years old. I grew up listening to all kinds of music. But
it was my grandmother who introduced me to Patsy Cline. Even though I was
only five, I was taken with her voice and music. She has inspired me to do
what I love most, which is singing. I shape my voice around hers and a few
other women. I have her greatest hits CD, which I have to play every night.
I'm always singing along to her songs, but mainly to my boyfriend. She really
is the best."
Audra Vickers, Aug 9, 1999.
"At 14 I lived in Springfield, MO. I was at the Ozark Jubilee every week.
Also was lucky enough to be able to get in to rehearsal and backstage.
There were problems at home. These times helped me get through the next
week at home. I would go next door and pick up food for the stars (at
the Corn Crib). Patsy was one of them. I remember the time she sent me
for two cheeseburgers, finding upon return that one was for me, to be
shared over girl talk in a darkened theater, watching some of the
greatest stars ever. At her last show in KC I was backstage. (I read in a
book about Patsy that no one was allowed backstage there!). I remember Patsy
talking to Cactus Jack's widow (the show was to raise money for his
family). Patsy said to her: 'He is with God now. I will tell him you miss
him if I get there first.' And she did... I think back to those times and
all the stars that took time to encourge me and ask questions that
should have been asked at home, and I am so greatful that our lives
touched. Mr. Red Foley, The Brassfields, Norma Jean, Wanda Jackson,
Leroy Van Dike and many more, thank you!!"
Alberta Jones, Jul 21, 1999.
"I'm 28 years of age and I grew up listening to Patsy Cline and other artists
like Jim Reeves, Hank Wiliams and so on. My family and I lived in a little town
called Trout Creek in Ontario, Canada. There where eight of us kids, and man,
we where poor. My father would never let us listen to Rock'n'Roll. He just
couldn't stand it, so we got to like country music. Our fun was making our own
music. The first Patsy song I remember hearing was 'Back in Baby's Arms'. We
would listen to records and it became one of my favorites. Since then I can't
say which is my favorite song that Patsy Cline sang.
My boyfriend is not much of a fan, but he lets me play her tapes in the car,
so I guess I'll keep him. We where going to take a trip one time and I could
not find my favorite Patsy tape, so I told him we coudn't go. After much
searching we found it and off we went. My father says I am a Patsy Cline fan
because he named me after her. Maybe he's right."
Patricia Wilkinson, Jun 22, 1999.
"Well, I bet you have heard them all, but mine is a little unique. I first
started listening to Patsy's music after the movie 'Sweet Dreams' came out.
I have seen 'Sweet Dreams', 'Coal Miner's Daughter', 'The Real Patsy Cline'
and 'Remembering Patsy Cline', at least 30 times. On the 30th Anniversary of
Patsy's death, I decided that I was going to do a tribute to Patsy doing the
illusion of Patsy. I'm a male, and that was my first time doing 'drag'. I'm
happy to say that I have been doing the illusion of Patsy Cline ever since that
day. When I do the song 'Sweet Dreams', there are times when I actually have a
tear in my eye before finishing the number. Patsy's memory will live on for
years to come, and so will her music."
Jim Kalin, Jun 18, 1999.
"My name is Jackie Burns. I was a close friend of Patsy's. I first met her
out here in CA, when she was expecting Randy. She was booked into the Foothill
Club in Long Beach. We sort of hit it off then. The next time we bumped into
each other was in Nashville, during the DJ convention. Said she was booked in
Vegas in a month or so. I told her to look me up, as I was living in Vegas and
singing with Wynn Stewart, at the Nashville Nevada Club.
In about a month or so, I was sitting up by the front door of the club and who
walks in but Patsy. Her hair up in pin curls and in her jeans. I about fell
over. The next day I took her to my hair dresser to get her hair done for her
opening at the Mint Casino, downtown Vegas. We just became very good friends.
The gold boots that Patsy has on in some of her photos, were some that she saw
me wearing and just had to have a pair too. So I took her to the shoe store and
she bought some. We wore them together when we would go trekking around town.
When she left, she begged me to come home with her. Said she would fix up the
extra room for me and wanted to take me to Owen Bradley and get me on Decca. I
couldn't leave right then, but told her I would come a little later.
Well, I got a letter from her the week before the accident, telling me of the
three benefits she was going to do, and saying she wished I was there so I
could go with her. It's still an erie feeling even now when I think about what
might have been had I gone home with her from Vegas. I have recurring dreams
of her on a regular basis and have for all these years. They have the same
basic theme. I see her at some place, and I say to her, 'Cline, I knew you
weren't on that plane! How come you haven't let everyone know your still
alive?' Never do get an answer I can remember, when I wake up??
I have a few Patsy stories from Vegas that are special to me. I'm having a
webpage being done for me, with these and the other memories of our friendship!
I love her a lot and hope to see her again someday. I have a daughter named
after her. Born in March also, she's 34 and sings her well-known off. Patrice
Clineen, but goes by Patsy. She was born in Vegas and raised in Nashville. I
moved there later and recorded for several labels, with nat'l chart singles in
the 70's. If any of you talk to Charlie, tell him Jackie Burns says 'HEY'.
Thanks for listening. When my webpage is done I'll send you the addy so you
can see my Patsy page. It will be a while tho. Thanks for a great site and
tribute to my forever friend - Patsy!!"
Jackie Burns, Jun 10, 1999.
"Patsy's songs 'Walkin After Midnight' and 'Crazy' really appeal to me. It's
not so much her music that I like but, it's just something about her (Patsy)
that really charms me. She's extremely nice-looking. A beautiful lady. I heard
a couple of people mention Patsy and her music and I just happened to run
across information and music about her. I'm a poet and I've written tribute
poems about her in my books 'Count to Ten', 'Waters Path-Solid Ground',
'Waters Upon An Angels Sigh' and other poetry books that I've written and
published. What I love about Patsy Cline is that she was a strong woman and
that she believed in herself. She's the type of woman that you'd want to marry
(well, at least me anyway). Thank you for allowing me to submit my comments."
Mark G. Turns, Jun 5, 1999.
"I don't have a special story about how I first heard about Patsy Cline -
a friend told me, and I started to listen to this nice voice. I have always
loved country music, but Patsy is special, soft and powerful at the
same time. I have several CD's, bought in Norway, even if most of the
Norwegian people not are very interested in C&W music. Last year I was in
Nashville, and had the opportunity to listen to a lot of great artists. But
the visit was too short, I missed a show about Patsy Cline's life, and I was
not happy - this was my chance and now it was gone! But I hope I can manage to
go there again, and get another chance. Greetings from Norway to all Patsy-fans
in the world! (I am also mailing to a Patsy-fan i St.Petersburg, Russia!)"
Torill Krook Karlsen, Oslo/Norway, Jun 3, 1999.
"My Name is Ines, a German woman and unfortunately nearly no one knows Patsy
Cline in Germany. I became a fan of Patsy Cline since I saw the film 'Desert
Heart'. The first song I heard was 'Crazy' from this film. A few days later I
bought my first record of Patsy. And now I play Patsy's albums as often as I
can. When I listen to Patsy's voice, I hear not only the music, I hear her
heart and her emotions."
Ines Heckmann-Storzum, May 22, 1999.
"I consider myself Patsy Cline's number one fan. Six or eight years ago, if
you had asked me about Patsy, I could not have told you anything about her or
any song that she had sung. Like many others, when I saw 'Coal Miner's Daughter'
I become hooked. Beverly D'Angelo's rendition of 'Sweet Dreams' stopped me in
my tracks. I go all the way back to Dinah Shore, Jo Stafford, Patti Page,
Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt, Barbra Streisand,
and all the way up to LeAnn Rimes, and I have never heard a voice like Patsy's.
It's not just the quality of her voice, which is the greatest I ever heard, but
it's the feeling and expression and emotion that she puts into her song.
I have read quite a bit about her life and career the past few years. Three
books and several brochures. The best book I have read is by Margaret Jones,
entitled 'Patsy'. My wife and I were in Winchester, Va this past September for
three days with the Patsy Cline Fan Club. At the dinner on Friday night, I
bought a magazine that was being sold that had an article about Patsy that may
be the best I have ever read. It covered her life and career in about four or
five pages. Unfortunately, I have lost my copy and I'm just about sick over it.
I don't remember the name of magazine or the author. It was not a popular
magazine and was probably a quarterly. The author also did a hatchet job on
Ken Starr in the magazine. If you or anyone else know anything about the
article or the magazine, I would like very much to get another copy.
I have most of Patsy's records. 'Faded Love', 'Why Can't He Be You', 'I Fall
To Pieces', 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Crazy' are country classics. But my favorite
may be 'If You Need A Laugh Give Me a Call'. It brings tears in my eyes every
time I hear it."
Warren Carroll, Apr 18, 1999.
"My name is Laurie Borzink and I am from Louisiana. I really don't listen
to country music all that much, but for some reason, I really took a liking
to Patsy Cline. I think it is because her passion for singing really shone
through all of her songs. She really got into her singing, and I think that
is what being really popular is all about. All I know is that I will ALWAYS
be a Patsy Cline fan for as long as I live."
Laurie Borzink, Apr 3, 1999.
"My name is Michael Wiebe. I live in Bloomington, Minnesota, a suburb
of Minneapolis, which I am sure you are aware is a center of Scandinavian
settlement in America. I believe that the Wiebe surname is not uncommon in
Sweden, although my particular lineage is Dutch/German.
In any case, I am writing to you about Patsy Cline. I must state from the
outset that my musical tastes tend more to classical and jazz, than to
country. I have little knowledge of country music, but my general impression
as I tune in occasionally to 'country' stations is that most country music
nowadays is basically of an unimaginative, 'cookie cutter' variety. I'm
speaking essentially of the Garth Brooks/Clint Black, Dolly Parton stuff.
Patsy Cline, however, seems to be another matter entirely. As a youngster
living in a small town in Alberta, Canada during the 1950s and early 1960s, I
occasionally heard Patsy Cline songs on the local radio station. To me, there
was always something haunting about that music; something in it touched a deep
chord inside me that I wasn't able to really understand at the time.
As the years passed (I'm 49 now), my musical interests and tastes turned to
classical and jazz. About two years ago, though, I came across a Patsy Cline
cassette at my mother-in-law's house in Iowa. All those feelings that I
experienced as a young boy when listening to Patsy came back to me. I
realized that she was indeed something very unique and special.
What an expressive voice she had! What a range, what control, and what
beautiful phrasing! One can feel, almost touch her pain and tears as she
sings. She must truly have had a deep 'inner' life to have sung like that.
I hope to be able to find time soon to read some of the biographies to learn
more about her.
On my way to work a while ago, I was listening to Patsy's song 'Heartaches'.
This is simply a great piece of music that really doesn't need any analysis.
But, let me offer a little analysis anyway. As I listened, I noticed one
remarkable musical aspect that, although it is probably no surprise to any of
her long-standing fans, was a revelation to me that served to confirm by deep
respect for Patsy Cline's artistry. In each of the sections of the song,
Patsy repeats the word 'Heartaches' twice. In the first section, she states
the word passionately, but plainly and straightforwardly. In the second
section, she adds sort of a sad sigh. In the third, she adds a curious little
voice break or yodel effect. The fourth time, I believe there is both a sad
sigh and a voice break. I only bring this out to illustrate what I believe to
be Patsy's unique versatility and creativity. (And, as I mentioned
previously, this little 'revelation' is probably nothing new to her longtime
I must confess that I have some difficulty with the classification of Patsy
Cline as a 'country' singer, even though she has been considered as such over
the years. To me, her music is really hard to define, but to my ear her songs
and her style are more in the 1960s beat music or blues ballad tradition, than
country. Well, the term 'beat music' or 'blues ballads' doesn't exactly
describe her music, either. I suppose Patsy is simply Patsy.
I believe that I read somewhere on a web site that Patsy Cline dabbled in jazz
at some point. Is this true? Do you have any information about this? I
believe that she would have been a magnificent jazz singer.
Anyway, I just wanted to say that although my perspective on Patsy's music may
be a little different from some other's, I now consider myself to be an avid
Patsy Cline fan. I am officially among the ranks of those who consider Patsy
Cline to be one of the greatest ever American artists, and who have deep
regrets that her life ended so tragically and so early. God bless and keep
Michael Wiebe, Mar 25, 1999.
"I've loved Patsy's music since I was a kid in knee socks. Back then, my
grandparents lived on a farm in rural western Pennsylvania, and about
twice a year we would drive up from Pittsburgh to visit them. One day my
uncle was playing Patsy's records when we walked in. I asked my uncle
and aunt, 'Who IS that?! I know that song, but I never heard anybody
sing that way before.'
They stared at me as if I had just crowned myself queen of England.
'Don't you KNOW?,' he asked. 'That's Patsy Cline. Alice, don't you
teach that kid of yours anything about music?' After that, my mom and
dad became Patsy fans and started bringing her records home for us to
listen to. I can still hear the worn-out vinyl crackling and popping as
the songs played (we listened to Patsy's records a LOT). To this day, I
think of my dad and the farm every time I hear a Patsy Cline song.
Fast forward to the eighties and the movie, 'Sweet Dreams'. I hadn't
heard Patsy's music in years, but it seemed like yesterday as I watched
Jessica Lange posing as Patsy on the screen. I don't remember why I
didn't buy the movie when it came out on videotape. I went back a few
years later to get a copy, but the tape was then out of print. I
searched for a copy for years. But now that it's available again, I
finally have a copy!
Despite my past encounters with Cline music, I didn't become a hardcore
Patsyholic till the nineties when I first heard k.d. lang. Back then,
lang was billing herself as 'the reincarnation of Patsy Cline', and she
performed a lot of Cline classics and even recorded with Owen Bradley.
As much as I liked lang's interpretations, I resolved to go and buy a CD
of Patsy's recordings to hear the originals one more time. That did it -
I was hooked on Patsy for life. Now I have almost everything she ever
I'm always surprised by the wide variety of people who call themselves
Patsy fans - from kids who are old enough to be my grandchildren, to my
75-year-old mom, to Gen Xers and baby boomers like me. There has never
been anyone else like Patsy and there never will be. Her music
transcends all age groups, decades, personality types, and music
genres. If she were alive today, she'd be the undisputed first lady of
American music. And maybe she is anyway."
Kathy Graden, Mar 19, 1999
"I became a fan of Patsy Cline's around the age of 11, after seeing the
movie 'Sweet Dreams'. I remember very well the night I went to see 'Sweet
Dreams' at the movie theatre. Hearing her voice for the first time sent shock
waves through me that I can't even explain today. When the movie first came
on I had no idea what or who it was about. Then Patsy's voice came on singing
'San Antonio Rose', I remember saying to my mother, 'Who is that'. She said
'I think it's the real Patsy Cline'. Let's just say I was memerized from
there to the end of the movie, and when the end came, I had no idea she was
deceased. Then came the scene in the movie when the plane crashes into a stone
mountain. I could not for the sake of myself believe this actually happened.
I remember the tears coming to my eyes, but I tryed to cover it. From that
moment on, I became a fan larger than life itself. I needed to know everything
possible about Patsy, and I did in time.
I began collecting records (when they were still readily available in stores),
and from that moment on it has been a wonderful experience at best. Patsy
Cline has given me comfort, when comfort was needed, and has brought me joy
like no other singer can. She remains my favorite, now, and for the rest of
Through Patsy I have met many wonderful people. The Internet as brought me to
so many unique people, and sites. It will be something I, and many others, can
enjoy for years to come. I'm 24 years old now. Looking back through the years
I can remember many wonder things about Patsy, and while listening to her sing.
I remember very well the day I decided to do my term paper on Patsy in High
School. There was no doubts about doing this paper on her. It was a very
uplifting experience doing this project, even when others laughed at the
notion. I was determined to do this paper, and I did. I scored a b+, which I
was happy with. Though it's been many years since that project, I still have
the paper today, which I read from time to time. It brings back alot of good
In my conclusion, I hope Patsy Cline, and her music will live for generations
after mine. I think it's up to all of us, as fans, to keep this singer's
legend, and above all, her music alive. After reading many of the postings
here, by hundreds of people, I think it's working already, that is keeping
her legend alive. Your friend, Shane."
Shane C. Collins, Mar 11, 1999.
"My name is Jonathon, and I just love Pasty Cline music, from the first time
that I heard one of her records. I unfortunately am not old enough to have
ever seen Pasty in concert, but have all of her tapes and CDs. I also went to
see Jodi Bennett at the Barn Dinner Theatre last week and thought she was
fantastic. It was like you were being brought back in time for a few hours,
and were listening and reliving her life story. Even though I never got a
chance to see Ms. Cline in person, being at the show was like I had met Patsy
Cline in person."
Jonathon Wright, Mar 6, 1999.
"When Patsy was killed, I was thirteen. As I child, when one of Patsy's
records came out, I'd ask my dad to get if for me for my birthday or
Christmas. She and Elvis made up the majority of my record collection.
Now I'm a retired teacher and a writer. The main character of a book I
have in the works right now is a Patsy fan. She plays Patsy's music
frequently in her bookstore, and her late grandmother was a ringer for
Patsy and met Patsy at one time. Guess what I use for background music
as I work on this piece? Keep up the good work, and long live Patsy
Sheila Wyborny, Mar 7, 1999.
"I have always been a fan of slow ballads and Patsy's emotional songs
caught my ear and heart. I could sense the feelings behind the song as
though I had written them myself. Unfortunately, she and I seem to be
melancholy babies for the most part!"
Janis Gaston, Mar 5, 1999.
"I have been a Patsy Cline fan for years. Patsy was killed 2 days after my
10th birthday. My mother was a big Patsy Cline fan and that's how I became a
fan. My husband and I was in Nashville and saw Mandy Barnett in 'Always Patsy
Cline' and I thought that I could sit through this again. Last saturday night
my husband suprised me with tickets to the Barn Dinner Theater in Greensboro
for the 'Tribute to Patsy Cline' and Jodi did a fanstic job as Patsy. My only
regret is that I never got to see Patsy before she was killed. I know that
there have been other great country singers, male and female, but no one as
good as Patsy."
Debbie Boswell, Feb 27, 1999.
"For years, I've heard her name, but just never took the time to sit and
listen. Then one day, while wandering through our local library, I ran across
one of her CDs. That was it. Once I listened, I was hooked. And you're absolutely
right about listening to her alot. The songs just grow on you. In fact, they
become part of a deeper fabric in your life; especially, if you lived through
those times. My mother was born in Memphis. I'm the only Yankee in the family,
having been born in Detroit in '41. As a young boy, I spent many weeks down
south helping my cousins chop and pick cotton out of those hot, blistering
fields. The flavor of the folks back then comes through so deeply when Patsy
starts singing. Her warmth, her character shine through and it touches me
Hal Ardell, Feb 27, 1999.
"I am only 14 but I LOVE Patsy Cline. I recently sung 'Crazy' at a talent
show and it was a hit. I want to become a famous country singer, and I want
to be just like Patsy Cline. I look up to her. Alot of people tell me I sound
like her and I love her very much and I wish I could have been around to meet
her. My favorite song of hers is 'Walkin' After Midnight'. I am very inspired
by her and I'm sure that there are alot of people out there who feel just like
me so hold on to your dreams!!!!!"
Sharon Sharp, Feb 26, 1999.
"The first time that I heard Patsy Cline I was about eight years old. I
heard her at my friends house, her older sister would always play her Greatest
Hits CD. The first song that I actually listened to was 'Walkin after
midnight'. I fell in love with that song the first time I heard it, I sang it
non-stop. I eventually got my own Greatest Hits CD. I am 14 years old now and
I still listen to that song all the time. I think that what captivated me
about her music was her powerful and amazingly beautiful voice. I had never
heard anything that had even compared and even at that young age I knew what I
liked and I liked Patsy."
Heather Neumann, Feb 23, 1999.
"I remember when I was a little girl, my aunt was such a fan, I was
raised on her songs. Patsy was & still is the very best. Still love to
hear her sing. She might be gone but will never be forgotten. Still a true
Vickey Campbell, Feb 21, 1999.
"I first heard Patsy on my Daddy's radio when I was small. Her voice just
went to your heart. She had a true and pure love for people. I admired the
way she took Lorretta Lynn under her wing instead of being threatened by her.
I lost my Daddy 9 yrs ago, so when I hear Patsy sing, I remember the days
sitting around the kitchen with my Daddy listen to his radio. Thank you,
Patsy, for the memories."
Darlene Lundy, Feb 17, 1999.
"I became an instant fan of Patsy's since I saw the film 'Sweet Dreams',
although I had seen 'Coal Miner's Daughter' a hundred times before.
After I saw '..Dreams', I spent allowance money on the soundtrack, and
have collected just about every tape from the MCA label ever put out
with Patsy's music. Through both good and sad times, her voice has
inspired and uplifted me. (It's amazing that a film starring my
favorite actress, Jessica Lange, should inspire the motivation behind
Patsy becoming my favorite singer of all time!! That is definately fate
playing its hand...) No one of a personal nature to me understood my
fascination with Patsy's music, but that never stopped me from listening
to her. Her life, her voice, her aura stands the test of time....
Something that special comes along only once. And there is no singer,
female or male, who could EVER compare to a legend as Patsy Cline."
Kristopher Kaun, Feb 1, 1999.
"My name is Michelle. I am from Washington state. I've liked Pasty's music
since I was 14 years old. I would listen to my mom's 'Greatest Hits' record. I
would listen to it alot. After I've been listening to her record, I decided
that I wanted to get some tapes and CDs of my own. I've asked for them for
birthdays and Christmas. My first big collection of Pasty Cline's CDs is
'The Patsy Cline Collection'. It's my favorite country collection I every got.
I am glad that my mom have told me about her singing. Now I just can't get
enough of her singing. It's the most lovely music there is, in country music.
I will always be a Pasty Cline fan."
Michelle Johnson, Jan 25, 1999.
"My name is Megan Jess. I am 13. And I have ALWAYS been a Patsy Cline Fan.
My favorite movie is 'Sweet Dreams'. I listen to her music everyday all day.
Even my 5 year old sister Hillary likes her. But she is my idol!!!!! I have
never all my life heard one Patsy Cline song I didn't like. And I've never
heard a voice as good as hers and I doubt I ever will."
Megan Jess, Jan 23, 1999.
"I was born in 1959. And for as long as I can remember, Patsy Cline has
been my favorite singer. From the time I was able to sit up, I
remember sitting in front of the old radio and listening to the Grand
Ole Opry, and to Patsy Cline. My Dad was a country singer, and played
localy. And Patsy's songs were a main stay in our home. There has
never been another like her, and never will be. I am deaf now. I hear
only abut 10%. But I still play Patsy Cline's albums as often as I can.
Thanks for the oppertunity to share my veiws."
Faye Husted, Jan 17, 1999.
"I first became a Patsy Cline fan while watching the movie 'Sweet Dreams'.
I am not a fan of country music, as a matter of fact, she is the only country
music I listen to and adore. Considering she died before I was born and I
don't like country music, there is just something about her life and her music
that I just fell in love with. I can listen to her tapes and CD's all day long
and never get tired of listening to them. Thank you, Patsy."
Yolanda Corney, Jan 11, 1999.
"I was walking in Kroger's and I suddenly decided I wanted a Patsy CD.
They had two: 'Unforgettable Classics' and 'Unforgettable Classics 2'. I
asked my mother which one I should buy, and she said the first one. It
had 'Walkin' After Midnight' (the original) on it, and she said it was a
good song. That was the first Patsy song I had heard in its entirety,
and I became a fan for eternity. I then began buying all sorts of Patsy
Jenny Walters, Jan 10, 1999.
"My name is Tasha (King) Hepburn and I was raised in Arlington, VA.
My sister and I began our love for country music when 'Coal Miner's
Daughter' was released. That was our first exposure to Patsy Cline and
her music. We then bacame aware of the movie 'Sweet Dreams'. I have
been a fan ever since. My sister gave me a copy of the movie as a gift
and I had every line memorized! I got my first record player when I was
9. My first album was Donna Summer. Once I began to show so much
interest in Patsy, my parents bought me several of her albums. I loved
to sing along with the albums and after several years of practicing, I
began to sing Patsy's songs on my own. I recently completed an 8 song
album including 'Blue Moon of Kentucky'. I love to sing other music but
Patsy's music is where my heart is. I am thankful for her influence on
my life and my vocal career."
Tasha Hepburn, Jan 4, 1999.