Patsy Cline
September 8, 1932 -
March 5, 1963

Y
~ Gone too soon ... but
what a legacy she left ~

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Thank you for visiting the   Website of Ellis Nassour's
Patsy Cline :

Honky Tonk Angel

For information about Patsy Cline or to E-mail comments:
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August 2008 - New York:

   

ELLIS NASSOUR
HONKY TONK ANGEL

Celebrates Anniversary of Patsy Cline's Birthday

Barnes & Noble Presentation

Monday, September 8th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

September 8, 2008 marked what would have been Patsy Cline's 76th birthday.  Barnes & Nobel
Lincoln Square, 1972 Broadway (at 66th Street) hosted a very special event on Monday,
September 8th at 7:30 pm when Ellis Nassour headlined a very special entertainment presentation to
celebrate the occasion and honor the country music legend.  Author, theater historian, Newark Star-
Ledger
 theater critic and columnist Peter Filichia interviewed Nassour, the author of his Updated
Edition of Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline (Chicago Review Press). There
was a preview of songs from the musical: Honky Tonk Angel, inspired by his book performed by
Lisa Asher and Kayce Glassee. There was a Q & A and book signing, where cake from Magnolia
Bakery and ice cream were served. Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline chronicles
the life and times of Patsy Cline in the words of the people who knew and loved her including country
music stars Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee and Roger Miller. There is a foreword by Dottie West. Updated
and revised from its first 1981 publication (titled Patsy Cline), this definitive biography captures the
heart and soul of this country singer whose life tragically ended at age 30in a plane crash. The new
edition includes a 100-page afterword that details controversial claims about Cline's birth, the battle
between her siblings for her possessions, the amazing influence Patsy had on a new generation of
singers, as well as a complete discography and more than forty new photographs.


Remembering Patsy Cline - a tribute to an artist 
whose musical legacy transcends 
all boundaries and labels
Patsy Cline's music raised the standard for women in country music. Though her career was brief - only eight
years on the charts  - her influence continues today and crosses all musical genres. At a time when most country
artists were content to remain close to their traditional roots, Patsy recorded songs that soared from country to
pop to blues. Patsy Cline has a place as one of music's legendary figures worldwide. Her 12 Greatest Hits album
has sold nearly 10 million copies . She was named #1 Country Female Singer of all time by CMT. The American
Jukebox association ranks Patsy Cline's "Crazy"by Willie Nelson as the #1 Jukebox Single of All Time, beating
out singles by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Rolling Stones. VH1 ranks her as #11 on Greatest
Women of Rock. The accolades go on and on.

In celebration of what would be Patsy Cline's 71st birthday September 8th (2008) and the 30th anniversary of
her induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame (first female inducted), MCA releases an all star event - 12
artists from pop, rock, R&B, jazz, contemporary Christian and country interpreting 12 classic songs of  Patsy
Cline's
Greatest Hits.



In Camden, Tennessee :


                                 PATSY CLINE MEMORIAL WEEKEND

T
o commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the deaths of Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins,
Cowboy Copas and Randy Hughes
on  March 5, 1963 in the plane crash near Camden, TN, 
the city of Camden and Benton Couty hosted a Memorial Weekend,
February 28-March 1. 
Opry and recording stars Jan Howard and Billy Walker, friends of those killed in the crash,
attended along with Cathy Hughes, the widow of Randy Hughes (also Cowboy's daughter).  
The Benton County Museum
expanded their Patsy collection to include new photographs
donated from the collection of Ellis Nassour and personal
tributes. Many dedicated fans
attended the Friday candlelight service. On Saturday, there was shuttle service to take
visitors to the crash site, where many left memorials.
       On March 5th, there was a memorial service at the site. Terry Hudson, a circuit court
clerk who chaired the event, said
money raised during the weekend would "go toward
preserving the integrity of the crash site."    
  
      

 
 
 

 PATSY CLINE'S 
GREATEST HITS
Exclusively On 
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ELITE LIST OF 40
GREATEST WOMEN 
OF COUNTRY MUSIC


      Television revealed the elite list
   of the
40 Greatest Women Of
   Country Music
. Looking at every
   aspect of what a great artist is --
   from her body of  work to overall
   contributions to the ever-changing
   world of country music. Selected
   by artists and music industry pro-
   fessionals, the women include  (in
   alphabetical order) : Lynn Anderson,
   Mary Chapin Carpenter, Maybelle
   Carter, Roseanne Cash,
Patsy Cline,
   Dale Evans, Crystal Gayle, Emmylou
   Harris, Faith Hill, Wanda Jackson,
   The Judds, kd lang, Brenda Lee,
   Patty Loveless, Loretta Lynn,
   Martina McBride, Reba McEntire,
   Barbara Mandrell, Patsy Montana,
   Anne Murray, Dolly Parton, Minnie
   Pearl, LeAnn Rimes, Linda Ronstadt,
   Connie Smith, Pam Tillis, Tanya
   Tucker, Shania Twain, Kitty Wells,
   Dottie West, Lee Ann Womack,
   Tammy Wynette and Trisha Year-
   wood.
      
In a suspenseful countdown,
   PATSY CLINE was chosen “The
   Greatest Country Music Female
   Vocalist.”

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The New York Times   =  May 27, 2002
SATIRE ON PATSY CLINE TRIPS UP COLUMNIST
By FELICITY BARRINGER 

  If ever a news item cried out for attention, it was the one that appeared on April 9 on the website of the
Cyber-cast News Service. Entitled "Patsy Cline Music Deemed `Dangerous' to Women," the article reported the latest
findings of social science: "A top researcher says a new study strongly suggests the music of country singer Patsy Cline
contributes to depression, suicide and violent be-havior by women."
     Ten days ago, the work of Dover Smeed found that larger audience. Lawrence Hall, a columnist for The Star- Ledger in
Newark, used cnsnews.com's account of the work by "Dr. Lenore Morose, head of the Womyn's Studies Department
at Radcliffe College" as the basis for a scathing column about victimology.
     "The aptly named Morose," he wrote, "suggests that many of the 43 women on death row in this country may have listened
to Cline's music before committing murder," a conclusion Hall called "ridiculous."  He was more right than he imagined.
     Hall failed to notice the piece was labeled a satire. Radcliffe's Lenore Morose doesn't exist. Neither does her report, nor the
supposedly outraged feminist Pat Coprolite, whose surname is the scientific term for fossilized dinosaur droppings.
    As a result of his oversight, Hall took at face value some of Dr. Morose's more outlandish findings, like the "fact" that 11 of
the dozen songs on Ms. Cline's "Greatest Hits" album had themes of "obsessive behavior, inconsolable anxiety, creeping
insanity and revenge" . . .

 

                            PATSY   CLINE  MILESTONES

1973
First Sole Female Artist to be inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

1980
Patsy Cline character is prominently featured in film adaptation of Coalminer's Daughter

1981
First biography published: Patsy Cline: An Intimate Portrait by Ellis Nassour

1985
Bio-pic Sweet Dreams, starring Jessica Lange, is released

1987
Virginia Country Music Association Award in Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution in Country Music

1992
Grammy Awards Recording Hall of Fame Induction for "Crazy" - Willie Nelson, composer; Patsy Cline, artist

1993
30th Anniversary of Patsy's death; New biography from Ellis Nassour: Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline; US Postal Service issues Commemorative Patsy Cline Stamp

1994
Patsy is inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame through campaign of Ellis Nassour

1995
Grammy Award, Outstanding Artistic Significance to the Field of Recording; Greatest Hits Album, a Billboard charter for
a decade, surpasses 6,000,000; Patsy Cline Collection "Shoebox" debuts and is certified Gold with over 500,000 copies sold.

2013
Patsy Cline: Still Loving You exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

2017
March: PBS American Masters: Patsy Cline


 

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