Patsy Cline

Country Music Hall of Fame 1973

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Patsy Cline is a legend of American music--not just "country" or "pop," but American music in general. She became a professional country singer in the 1950s, and went on to be one of the first to "cross over" to a pop audience. Cline sang country songs with a difference: her voice had a hearty tone, rich with the feeling of the blues, the sound of jazz vocalists and what Frank Sinatra referred to as "saloon singers." She mixed these elements with the sounds of the Ozarks and the rural hills.

Witness the throaty swagger and witty swing of "Too Many Secrets" and the mournful waltz "A Church, A Courtroom and Goodbye"--blues, pop, country and jazz are absorbed into Cline's vocal approach until the sound is entirely unique. "Just Out of Reach" reflects the influence of the crooners and the doo-wop-tinged pop of the day, but the sound of country is always at the root. Her best-known song, "Walkin' After Midnight," is included here, but she deserves to be remembered for more. This album presents a fine cross-section/sampler of her art.

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