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Remembering Patsy Cline

Patsy ClineMarch 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.

A Birthday Fit for a King

Elvis Birthday

Happy Birthday Elvis!

Elvis Aaron Presley was born January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. He moved to Memphis when he was 13 and began singing for Sun Records when he was 19. Over his career he made music and movies for the masses like no other artist from the era. He is regarded as one of the 20th centuries most popular pop culture icons. The music business took its toll on Presley and on August 16, 1977, Presley died at his Memphis home, Graceland, at the age of 42.

Elvis is Dead – Really

Elvis Presley - a mid seventies concertThe music business has been hard on kings.

The King of Soul – James Brown – dead

The King of Pop – Michael Jackson – dead

The King of Rap – Tupac – dead

The King of Grunge – Kurt Cobain – dead

The King of the Blues – B.B. King – not dead yet
but at 85, it won’t be long

The King of Rock – Elvis Presley – dead

It was on this date, August 16, 1977, when the king of rock and roll died on his throne – literally. Girlfriend, Ginger Alden, found him on a bathroom floor at Graceland mansion. Paramedics rushed The King to Baptist Memorial Hospital where he was declared dead at 3:30 pm.

The seventies were not very good to Presley. After his divorce from Priscilla in 1973, his drug and alcohol intake skyrocketed. He continued to tour but battling weight gain, high blood pressure and addiction, he was increasingly incoherent and lethargic on stage. Barbiturates were taking their toll.

Still under contract with RCA and finding it nearly impossible to get Elvis in the studio, RCA sent a mobile studio to Graceland in 1976 and cobbled together two lengthy recording sessions. Even in the comfort of his Memphis retreat he struggled with the process. One of the recordings to come out of these sessions was “Way Down,” the last Elvis single to release before his death.

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Elvis gravesite at Graceland

Presley's final resting place at Graceland

Presley’s funeral was held at Graceland, on Thursday, August 18. Outside the gates, a car plowed into a group of fans, killing two women and critically injuring a third. Approximately 80,000 people lined the processional route to Forest Hill Cemetery, where Presley was buried next to his mother. Within a few days, “Way Down” topped the country and UK pop charts. Following an attempt to steal the singer’s body in late August, the remains of both Elvis Presley and his mother were reburied in Graceland’s Meditation Garden on October 2.

Through the years since Elvis went on to the big jumpsuit in the sky, an odd phenomenon has invaded pop culture. Check it out at the Elvis Sighting Bulletin Board.