There isn’t a broken heart that doesn’t find solace in the aching sounds of Patsy Cline’s music. Her career was cut short when she died in a plane crash at the age of 30, but in the six years since the release of her first album in 1957 Cline released some of the most iconic ballads in country music.
She is credited with bridging the gap between country and pop paving the way for the likes of Dolly Parton and LeAnn Rimes. The Country Music Hall of Fame is honoring the life of the legendary singer with an autobiographical exhibit, Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You, opening tomorrow.
The museum curated a collection that allows fans to see Cline’s story as told through her eyes. You’ll read letters Cline wrote her family and friends, see pieces from her costume collection and other mementos (like her extensive salt-and-pepper collection!), and catch outtakes of audio and videos spanning her career.
The staff compiled a video to anchor the exhibit that includes interviews with country legends like Willie Nelson and Brenda Lee who worked closely with Cline, and audio clips of original three-track recording of “Crazy” and “Sweet Dreams,” which highlight Cline’s vocals sans instrumentation.
Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You runs August 24 through June 10, 2013. Opening weekend celebrations include talks with Cline’s husband and daughter; a performance by Mandy Barnett, who plays Cline in the tribute musical Always… Patsy Cline; and a screening of the documentary Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams Still.
See the full program of events at CountryMusicHallofFame.org
We leave you with this video of Cline performing the song for which the exhibit is named.
What is your favorite Patsy Cline song? Tell us in the comments.