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Patsy Cline’s Greatest Television Performances Chronicled in New Collection

Patsy Cline On the Air
Hip-O Records

In a brief but stellar career, country music pioneer Patsy Cline not only scored a string of highly influential hits, but she also performed on some of the most important variety shows of the early age of television. A new collection titled ‘Patsy Cline on the Air: Her Greatest TV Performances‘ brings together the legendary vocalist’s most notable television appearances in one place.

The tracks include a unique presentation of her classic hit ‘Walking After Midnight’, which she performed on ‘Country Style U.S.A.’ in February of 1962. The collection also includes multiple appearances on ‘Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry,’ beginning with Cline’s debut on Feb. 7, 1962, when she performed her 1961 Top 10 hit ‘Crazy’ (written by a little-known songwriter named Willie Nelson), as well as her 1962 hit ‘She’s Got You.’

The disc also comprises three more appearances Cline made on ‘Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry,’ including renditions of ‘Strange’ and ‘Imagine That’ on April 16, 1962; ‘A Church, A Courtroom, Then Goodbye,’ ‘You’re Stronger Than Me,’ and ‘So Wrong’ on Aug. 7; and her Sept. 25 appearance performing ‘When I Get Through With You (You’ll Love Me Too)’ and ‘Why Can’t He Be You.’

Patsy Cline made her last appearance on ‘Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry’ on Feb. 18, 1963, performing ‘Blue Moon Of Kentucky’ and ‘Leavin’ On Your Mind.’ She made the final television appearance of her career on ‘The Glenn Reeves Show,’ singing ‘San Antonio Rose’ and ‘I Fall To Pieces’ on Feb. 28, 1963. She died tragically in a plane crash just five days later at the age of 30, leaving behind a musical legacy that critics consider a turning point for women in country music.

Next: See Which Patsy Cline Song Is the Fifth Best Country Song of All Time

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