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Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You Hall of Fame Exhibit to Open in August

Patsy Cline
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In March, 1963, I was working at my first country station, KLLL, in my hometown of Lubbock, TX. The tragic news of Patsy Cline’s death in a plane crash near Dyersburg, TN., came as such a shock. She, at the time, was country music’s biggest female star. Also, passing away were country singers Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas. Now, we’ve learned from Taste of Country that Patsy is the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You will open in the museum’s East Gallery on Aug. 24, signing rent for a ten-month run.

In 1968, I got acquainted with Charlie Dick, Patsy’s husband. He was working for Starday Records and was one of the biggest characters I ever met. A funny guy, he once gave us a tour of Old Hickory Lake, pointing out the homes of the stars. We later learned most of them were just made up, they weren’t the homes of the stars he claimed.

I am happy to note that according to the Boot, the new exhibit will kick off its opening weekend with a panel discussion on Aug. 25 that will feature Charlie and their daughter, Julie Fudge, joined by Country Music Hall of Famer Harold Bradley, George Hamilton IV and Jan Howard. That same day, the museum will host a concert featuring Bradley, singer-songwriter Jessi Alexander, ‘Always . . . Patsy Cline’ star Mandy Barnett, Emily West and Striking Matches. The following day, the museum will screen the documentary ‘Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams Still.’ The panel discussion and concert are included with museum admission and free for members. Admission requires a program pass since seating is limited.

The museum’s Country Music Foundation Press will publish a companion book named for the exhibit to coincide with its opening, featuring a foreword by Rosanne Cash.

Items displayed to be displayed include Cline’s handwritten notes, personal items and costumes. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a film in which Hall of Fame members Harold Bradley, the Jordanaires’ Ray Walker, Brenda Lee and Willie Nelson share their recollections of knowing and working with the legendary singer.

Country Music Hall of Fame’s Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You exhibit is slated to run through June 10, 2013.

Many of her hits will be featured on my Saturday at The Memories Show, 6-8am.  Also, Hank Cochran, who wrote I FALL TO PIECES, SHE’S NOT YOU, WHY CAN’T HE BE YOU would have celebrated his birthday tomorrow. I’ll play a lot of songs he wrote as well.

See the Top 10 Patsy Cline Songs

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