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Profile of the Day: Patsy Cline

On this day in 1932, legendary country singer Patsy Cline was born.

Image: Patsy Cline / Wikimedia Commons

Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia to Hilda Patterson, a 16-year-old seamstress, and Samuel Hensley, a 43-year-old blacksmith. She was introduced to music at an early age and by the age of 8, she had taught herself to play the piano. She later started performing with her mother in the local church choir and discovered her passion for signing. As a teen, she left school to help support her family after her father abandoned them.

Considered one of the most influential and acclaimed female vocalist of the 20th century, Cline was one of the first country music artists to successfully cross over into pop music. She is perhaps best remembered for her chart-topping song “Crazy,” which was written by Willie Nelson. Although she initially disliked the song, it proved to be her greatest success, topping both the country and pop music charts.

Sadly, her life was cut short when she died in a plane crash on March 5, 1963 at the age of 30. In 1973, Cline was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, becoming the first solo female artist to be included.

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