Day 302 of Colourisation Project – March 5
Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.
On this day, March 5, 1963 the world was robbed of one of the greatest musical talents of the 20th century. She wasn’t just country music’s sweetheart, she belonged to everyone.
Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in 1932, Patsy Cline was best known for her crossover hits, including Crazy and Walking After Midnight.
One of the industry’s greatest vocalists, she possessed a rich and readily identifiable contralto voice. Her music continues to remain popular with fans all around the world, reaching sales in the tens of millions.
Cline was on the cusp of super stardom when tragedy struck. Killed in a single-engine plane crash in Camden, Tennessee on her way back to Nashville, Cline’s recovered wristwatch had stopped at 6:20 p.m. Nashville went into shock.
Cline was only 30 years of age when she was laid to rest at Shenandoah Memorial Park in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia after a memorial service that attracted over 25,000 people.
Ten years after her death, Cline became the first female soloist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The plaque on the award reads, “Her heritage of timeless recordings is testimony to her artistic capacity.”
In 2005, the album Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for staying on the overall music charts longer than any other female artist of any music genre in history.
In 1999, Cline was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6160 Hollywood Boulevard.
There’s really nothing new that can be said that hasn’t already been said, so once again I’ll let the music do the talking.
I’d like to take you back to a time when clearly everybody smoked, even the presenter in this video clip! The year is 1957 and Patsy Cline is seen here on Ozark Jubilee performing one of her lesser known songs, Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray.