March 5, 1963, a small plane crashed in a forest on the outskirts of Camden, Tennessee, 90 miles west of Nashville. Patsy Cline, her manager and pilot, former Dallas Cowboys player Randy Hughes, country musicians Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas perished in the crash. Patsy Cline is considered to be one of the most influential, successful, and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century. Long after her death Patsy Cline continue to sell music as new generations embrace her beautiful voice and remarkable talent.
Posthumously, millions of her records were sold over a 50-year span. As a result, she has been given numerous awards and accolades, leading some fans to view her as an icon similar to legends such as Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.
Ten years after her death, in 1973, she became the first female solo artist inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1999, she was voted number 11 on VH1‘s special,The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll, by members and artists of the rock industry.
In 2002, artists and members of the country music industry voted her as Number One on CMT‘s The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music and ranked 46th in the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” issue of Rolling Stone magazine. According to her 1973 Country Music Hall of Fame plaque, “Her heritage of timeless recordings is testimony to her artistic capacity.”
Patsy Cline is a voice of a generation that endures across the ages.