Monday, May 20, 2013

Crazy

As regular readers of this blog know, I've often said my all time favorite singer is Dinah Washington.  Well, that's still true but I also have another "all-time favorite."  Her name is Patsy Cline.  

I remember the first time I saw Patsy Cline.  She was a contestant on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts.  Now most of you who read this blog are younger than me so you probably don't know of this show or even who Arthur Godfrey was.  


Arthur Godfrey had the talent scout show on black and white TV in the early Fifties every Monday night.  Our family used to eagerly look forward to watching his show every week.  I've forgotten most of his "discoveries" but one I remember very clearly is Patsy Cline.  The date was January 21, 1957. I remember my fifteen year old mind knowing "she is going to be a BIG STAR."  The first time I heard her sing, such a feeling went through my body.  She touched every nerve.  She was perfect.

Of course Patsy Cline did go on to become a big star, in the country and western field.  However, all too soon she was gone.  Patsy Cline died in an airplane crash en route to Nashville from Kansas City in March of 1963.

18 comments:

  1. That song is a timeless classic!

    Any kind of plane crash situation resonates with me. I lost one of my best friends in a plane crash almost 18 years ago. (I don't think I've ever recovered from it.)

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    1. I thought of you Sean when I posted this.

      Ron

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  2. Anonymous10:51 PM

    Ron,
    Grew up in Suburban New York and listened to Arthur Godfrey every morning on CBS Radio while eating breakfast.
    This brought back old memories from the kitchen. His radio show was a chatty, often spontaneous and story filled with
    guests and his studio sidekicks. Howard Stern grew up in New York and his radio show format is kind of similar. He may
    have copied Arthur. Howard's father was an engineer at another New York Radio Station. Did you know Arthur Godfrey
    lived in Virginia and flew his plane every morning to New York for the broadcast.
    Part of the movie about Patsy Clines life ( opening scene ) was filmed partly on my street and around the corner( at an elementary
    school ). The first frames start at my old brick house in Hagerstown, Md. Near Martinsburg, WVa. Some friends and I were on my upstairs porch watching them shoot and reshoot the opening. The movie folks had the streets lined with old cars and set lighting. Her voice was
    powerful and clear. What a loss but she left us with some great hits.
    Thanks reminding me of two great Stars.
    Stuart

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    1. Stuart,

      I haven't seen the Patsy Cline movie. I will have to see it now. Thanks for supplying this fascinating information.

      Ron

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  3. Oh my, memories. Ted Mack's Amateur Hour and of course, Awfry Goffrey. I was little and that's how I said it. Great memories, Ron. In some ways, it was a gentler time --but this one shows promise if we keep working on it.

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    1. Geo.,

      I"ve heard of Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour but never saw it. I guess you could call it the precursor to "American Idol." "Awfry Goffrey", I love it. Some of Arthur's other discoveries didn't really pan out, like Julius LaRosa and Carmel Quinn. But he hit a home run with Patsy Cline and I still remember the night she sang on his show. Yes, it was a gentler time and I'm glad I lived in those times.

      Ron

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  4. Such a fine artist! I love everything she recorded.
    And I actually remember my parents commenting on her death. I was 5. Weird that something like this would resonate in such a young kid's mind.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      I loved everything Patsy recorded too. Her voice was unique, never to be duplicated. Much like Dinah Washington's voice. Listening to their voices always gives me a good feeling.

      Ron

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  5. Randy in NEB12:06 AM

    Ron, I know who Patsy Cline is, and I'll only be 54yrs in a couple of days. My Dad had a lot of her 45's. I bet a lot of your younger followers don't know what a 45 (7in) record is. Her other song that I really like is "Have you ever been lonely".

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    1. Randy,

      When exactly is your birthday? I would like to add you to my birthday list. Only 54? You're just a kid Randy. :)
      Ron

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  6. a beautiful song written by willie nelson, sung by a beautiful voice. loretta lynn never got over the crash that took patsy either.

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    1. Anne Marie,

      I did not know that "Crazy" was written by Willie Nelson. Just goes to show, one can learn something new no matter how old. Yes, she did have a beautiful voice. So much feeling in her voice. I don't know any other country singer (female) who comes close.

      Ron

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  7. Lovelovelove Patsy.

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    1. We think alike Bob.

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  8. One of the gayest moments of my life was at a gay resort in Key West, when one of her songs burst forth over the loudspeaker. The men in the pool, all strangers and from different lands, all burst out in song, for all knew the lyrics. It doesn't get any gayer than that.

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      That's a wonderful story. I don't know why but Patsy Cline seems to be a gay icon. She was a gay icon before such a thing existed. Her singing for some reason resonates with gay men and women. All I know is that whenever I hear her sing I feel good. She is the best.

      Ron

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    2. Loved the blog. I am a 27 yo female and I've been obsessed with patsy Cline's music/life since I was a baby/child. Please tell me if you remember any more details about her on the AG show. What was she wearing? I have the CD of her performances on AG

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    3. For youhttp://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3FlVhQTIL1Q&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D3FlVhQTIL1Q

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