Personalities | Patsy Cline | Sixties | Rock
The late Cline, who died in a plane crash, was Nashville’s queen of the heartbreak ballad who, it was said, could ‘cry on both sides of the microphone’. She was catapulted from obscurity through a performance of her maiden single (and, soon, first hit), ‘Walking After Midnight’, on a TV talent contest in 1957. While the former Virginia Hemsley scored heaviest in Billboard’s C&W charts, she crossed over into mainstream pop, notably with 1961’s ‘Crazy’. She was a major influence on k.d. lang, a star of C&W’s ‘New Tradition’ in the 1990s.
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