Remembering Patsy Cline

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photoForty years ago, legendary country singer Patsy Cline died at the age of 30 when her small plane went down on a flight to Nashville, Tennessee. She sang some of the greatest songs in American pop history: "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy," and "Walkin' After Midnight."

Twenty years later, a young singer from Alberta, Canada, came out with her first album, and its inspiration was Patsy Cline. The group was called k.d. lang and the re-clines — the Cline in Re-Clines was Patsy.

Patsy Cline's influence on uncounted singers who followed her is incalculable. But no single career has been shaped by and devoted to Patsy Cline's as that of k.d. lang. This month, she releases a new album in tribute to Patsy Cline.

Click the "Listen" link to hear k.d. lang honor her musical and mystical mentor, Patsy Cline.


k.d. lang, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actor, one of VH1's "100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll"

Brian Mansfield, Nashville Correspondent for "USA Today,"
author of "Remembering Patsy," a biography of Patsy Cline

This program aired on September 5, 2003.


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