||A lot of fear went through me when Patsy died.
||Patsy was my closest girlfriend in life. But she wasn't just my girlfriend. She was my protector. She looked out for me. She taught me how to dress. She taught me how to get on stage, how to wear make-up, how to start a show and how to leave people wanting more at the end.
||In this revealing biography, some of country music's greatest stars--Loretta Lynn, June Carter, Dottie West, Roy Clarke, Johnny Western, and several others--share their memories of the legendary Patsy Cline. Fans are invited to learn about the darker side of Cline's life: her impoverished childhood, her sexually abusive father, and her bouts of depression that manifested in anxiety, hostility, compulsive eating and dieting, and sexual dysfunction.
||More than 35 years after her death, "Patsy" offers an intimate look at hard-living, hard-loving Patsy Cline, who surmounted unimaginable odds to become the most popular female country singer in recording history. 27 photos.
||The legend of the larger-than-life country singer Patsy Cline is fleshed out by contributions from many of her contemporaries in writer Margaret Jones's biography, PATSY, which includes the reminiscences of many of the biggest stars in 1950s and '60s country, like Faron Young (with whom Cline had a long affair), Loretta Lynn, and Barbara Mandrell. The child of an overbearing and perhaps sexually abusive father, Cline sought out similarly unstable relationships. Her first marriage ended in divorce when she met the equally volatile Charlie Dick; their stormy but passionate marriage lasted until her death in a plane crash in 1963. Though a restrictive record contract and unsuitable songs marred her early career, she later topped both country and pop charts with her recordings of the Willie Nelson song "Crazy" and "Walking After Midnight." With vivid depictions of the star's often-tumultuous private life, as well as the recording sessions and Grand Ole Opry shows that made her famous, Jones conjures the feisty, indomitable spirit that earned Patsy Cline the respect of her peers and the adulation of generations of fans of pop and country music.
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||More than thirty-five years after her tragic death in a plane crash at age thirty, Patsy Cline (1932?1963)remains one of the greatest voices of this century. Her soulful torch-song ballads??Walkin? After Midnight,? ?I Fall to Pieces,? ?Crazy,? and ?Sweet Dreams??bought her worldwide fame as both a country and pop star, while her life and career were immortalized in the 1985 film, Sweet Dreams. InPatsy, Margaret Jones chronicles the life of Patsy Cline (nee Virginia Hensley) from her impoverished childhood and abuse by her father, through the struggle for her success and her exploitation by record producers to her phenomenal but short-lived recording career. The book is based on extensive interviews with country music?s greatest?Loretta Lynn, June Carter, Dottie West, Barbara Mandrell, Faron Young, Roy Clark, Jimmy Dean, Johnny Western, Tompall Glaser, songwriters Harlan Howard and Donn Hecht, and record men Owen Bradley and Don Pierce. The result is the first fully drawn portrait of this crossover superstar, as well as a vivid picture of the ever-expanding country music world. Hard-living and hard-loving, bawdy and ballsy, Patsy Cline surmounted unimaginable odds in a male-dominated industry to become the most popular female country singer in recording history.