Patsy Cline — A Legacy that Continues Fifty Years On

| March 6, 2013

On March 5, 1963, crossover country/pop star Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash. Cline, who had already survived two automobile accidents, spoke often to her friends June Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn, and Dottie West that she would die young. She ironically wrote her will on a piece of Delta Airlines stationary and gave away many of her personal belongings in the year leading up to her death.

Once while walking off the stage at the Grand Ole Opry she casually mentioned to Ray Walker of the Jordanires that, “Honey, I’ve had two bad ones [accidents]. The third one will either be a charm or it’ll kill me.” One week later, she was dead at the age of thirty.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked her forty-sixth in its listing of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” and in 2002 the Country Musical Channel awarded her the number-one slot in its survey “Forty Greatest Women of Country Music.”

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