12 Essential Patsy Cline Facts You’ll be “Crazy” About

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Publicity photo of Patsy Cline by MCA records, distributed around 1973-1975. The picture was originally taken for Decca records. Image is in the Public Domain.

Patsy Cline is one of the most celebrated country music stars of all time. Her discography is filled with some of the best the genre has to offer, including “Crazy,” “Walking After Midnight,” and “I Fall to Pieces.”

Want to learn more about this early queen of country? Find out some cool, often-overlooked Patsy Cline facts below.

1. Patsy Cline’s Real Name

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Patsy Cline promotional photograph, circa 1957. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley.

She took the stage name “Patsy” following Bill Peer’s encouragement after joining the bandleader’s group in 1952. The following year, she married Gerald Cline, after which she took her new husband’s last name.

2. What was Patsy Cline’s Zodiac Sign?

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An image of the Virgo Zodiac Symbol. Image by Asbtral Official on Unsplash.

Patsy Cline was a Virgo.

3. Patsy Cline Height

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Country Pop singer Patsy Cline performed at the The Mint Las Vegas in Downtown Las Vegas during November and December 1962. Image by Shane Collins Wiki on Wikimedia Commons.

This cowgirl stood tall and proud.

Patsy Cline was five feet, six inches.

4. Patsy Cline’s Childhood Trauma

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Patsy Cline promotional photo from March 1957. Image by Four Star Records on Wikimedia Commons.

Of any Patsy Cline facts, this one absolutely shatters our hearts.

In preparation for the 1985 biopic movie of this leading woman in country music, Sweet Dreams, it was revealed to movie producers by her mother, Hilda, that her father abused her sexually as a child.

This was a secret that Cline had only previously told her dear friend, Loretta Lynn, telling her, “take this to your grave.”

5. Do You Want Fries With That?

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UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1993: A stamp printed by United states, shows Patsy Cline, circa 1993. Image from Shutterstock.

Patsy Cline dropped out of high school at age 16 to work as a waitress to help her family with money.

During that time, though, she was also working on her music career.

6. “Walkin’ After Midnight” Almost Didn’t Happen

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Nashville, TN – Sep. 19, 2017: Patsy Cline Museum. Patsy Cline (1932 – 1963) was an American country music singer. Image from Shutterstock.

Everything changed for Patsy Cline in 1957 when she made her television debut on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.

After decades of trying to establish herself in country music, the 25-year-old stepped on the stage to perform “Walkin’ After Midnight” and was quickly signed by Decca Records. 

Fun fact: Cline initially didn’t want to record the song because she thought it sounded too pop.

Related: The Best 15 Female Country Singers of All Time: Who Made the List? 

7. Patsy Cline’s Classic Deep Vocals

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Patsy Cline on a publicity portrait for Decca Recods in 1960. Image by Decca Records on Wikimedia Commons.

We can thank a throat infection and rheumatic fever at 13 for the voice of the crooner we all know and love.

Patsy had said of the early-years hospitalization: “The fever affected my throat, and when I recovered, I had this booming voice.”

8. Patsy Cline’s Payment Motto

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Patsy’s Payment Motto was “No dough, no show” Image by JP Valery on Unsplash.

Patsy Cline didn’t mess around when it came to money. If she took the stage, you knew she was paid for it.

One of our favorite Patsy Cline facts is that she reportedly would demand she be paid before performing. 

Her motto was: “No dough, no show.”

9. Patsy Cline Made Sure “Crazy” Would Happen?

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Advertisement published on Cashbox magazine promoting the release of Patsy Cline’s single “Crazy” in 1961. Image by Decca Records on Wikimedia Commons.

Patsy Cline was involved in a major automobile accident two years before her death.

She was immediately hospitalized. It left her with a rough cut on her forehead, a broken wrist, and a dislocated hip.

She was still on crutches when she recorded her biggest hit, “Crazy,” which was written by future country legend Willie Nelson.  

Related: Willie Nelson’s Net Worth and Other Essential Facts 

10. What Personal Belongings Were Found After Her Fatal Plane Crash?

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Patsy Cline’s House in Winchester, Virginia. Image by APK on Wikimedia Commons.

When the legendary “Sweet Dreams” singer was fatally killed in a plane crash on March 5, 1963, due to inexperience of the pilot and heavy storms, several personal items were found.

Among them were her wristwatch, a Confederate flag cigarette lighter, three pairs of gold lamé slippers, and a studded belt.

Related: How did Hank Williams Die? A Not-So-Happy New Year 

11. You Don’t Realize What You Have Until It’s Gone

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October 6, 2022, Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, VA – Born Virginia Hensley in Winchester, VA, she is buried there as well, better known as Patsy Cline. Image from Shutterstock.

As popular as Patsy Cline was, she became ever more famous after her death. As many records as she sold during her career, she has sold millions more posthumously.

She didn’t even have an album on the UK charts until after her death.

12. Patsy Cline’s Groundbreaking Achievements

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Patsy Cline’s Hall of fame plaque. Image by Arian Ravan on Wikimedia Commons.

It’s safe to say that Patsy Cline paved the way for many female country singers to come.

She was the first woman in country to headline her own show and the first woman to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973.

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Written by Erik Ritland

Erik Ritland is a songwriter, musician, journalist, and podcaster based in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s released over a dozen albums since 2002, most recently Old Dog Almost Gone (2021), the first-ever multimedia album, and his latest collection of all original material, A Scientific Search (2020). During his 15+ years as a music journalist, Erik has written hundreds of articles for Music in Minnesota, Something Else Reviews, his own blog Rambling On, and more. In addition to continuing his music career, Erik currently runs The Cosmic American, a music journalism website, and is the editor of Music in Minnesota.


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