Patsy Cline songs are considered some of the best ever country music by a female artist.
She has the most legendary life of any female country singer. Perhaps this is due to an early death that cut her off just after she had entered her prime.
She was only thirty years old when she died. She remains my favorite female country singer.
We all love "Crazy" by Patsy Cline, and many consider this her signature song, but my equal to that is her style of singing on the song "You Belong to Me."
These two are the best Patsy Cline songs ever recorded. Just my opinion.
When you watch the video and listen to this beautiful song by Patsy also listen to the Jordanaires in the background.
Authentic, oldies style background vocals. As close to Country Doo-Wop as you're gonna get.
This is from a time when a singer's vocal talent was more important than how "sellable" their appearance was.
"Give me a old dusty dark bar with Patsy on the jukebox and a cold one at the ready. It just doesn't get any better than that." (name unknown)
She began recording in the mid-'50s, and although she recorded a lot of material between 1955 and 1960 (17 singles in all), only one of them became a hit. The song was "Walkin' After Midnight" and was a Top 20 hit.
Because she was tied to a publishing company that limited her to recording songs from that one company, she couldn't follow up "Walkin' After Midnight."
When her Four Star contract expired in 1960 she signed with Decca Records-Nashville and was under the direction of legendary producer Owen Bradley.
Cline began selecting material that was both more suitable and of a higher quality than her previous recordings. Bradley was not only responsible for much of the success of Patsy's career, but also for the careers of Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee.
The turning point in her career was a song cut at the very first session, "I Fall to Pieces." Patsy was at liberty to record what she wanted and the results were evident as the song reached #1 in the country charts and #12 on the pop charts.
Her producer Owen Bradley managed to craft smooth orchestra arrangements with strings and other instruments not typical of country recordings at that time.
He also used backup vocals by the Jordanaires. Remember the Jordanaires? They were still singing background vocals for Elvis at the time. You could also hear pianist Floyd Cramer on her songs.
Owen Bradley helped smooth her voice into the silky, torch song style for which she is famous.
Enjoy the Patsy Cline songs as they are added to these pages in the future and especially enjoy the above video of my favorite song by Patsy Cline.
This song was one she recorded on her last album on August 7th, 1962 called "Sentimentally Yours."
Floyd Cramer played piano on many Patsy Cline records. Like to play like Floyd? Now's your chance to get serious about learning piano. Click the piano link below.
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