‘Spot light on a Song’
Happy Friday music appreciators! If I could go back in history and meet one person, sit across a table and learn from them, it would be today’s spot light artist. As an artist myself, and if I could choose to sound like any, she would be it. Hands down!
Patsy Cline was an American country music singer. Part of the early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully crossed over to pop music and was one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century. Cline was best known for her rich tone, emotionally expressive and bold voice, and her role as a country music industry pioneer. Cline helped pave the way for women as headline performers in the genre.
She cultivated a brash and gruff exterior as “one of the boys”, befriending all the great male artists we know and celebrate; Roger Miller, Hank Cochran, Carl Perkins, and even Elvis Presley. “It wasn’t unusual for her to sit down and have a beer and tell a joke, and she’d never be offended at the guys’ jokes either, because most of the time she’d tell a joke dirtier than you! Patsy was full of life”.
Cline was a pioneer and controlled her own career, making it clear to all involved that she could stand up to any man, verbally and professionally, and was ready to challenge them if they interfered with her. “It was common knowledge around town that you didn’t mess with ‘The Cline!'”
Sadly Cline’s life ended tragically at the age of 30 in a multiple-fatality crash of the private plane of her manager. Her career and songs continued to soar however, and still live on strongly today. This is one of my personal favorites.
Strum a little….