Gaither music will be compiling the religious songs as well as Patsy Cline's biggest country songs in a collection called Hits and Hymns. The album will be released on June 7. Cline was the first female solo artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and she was voted first on CMT's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, voted by members of the music industry
One of the most influential and acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century, country music icon and pioneer Patsy Cline has sold millions of recordings and inspired generations of female vocalists and music fans. This timeless collection of country and gospel classics showcases her unmistakable, rich tones and the emotion-filled performance style that captured the hearts of countless listeners, garnered numerous awards and made her one of the most respected women of country music.
In the early 1960s, Cline enjoyed great success on the country and pop charts. She also joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee-a true sign of her place in country music. Now with Decca Records, she released some of her greatest hits. "I Fall to Pieces" hit the top of the country charts in 1961. It also became a top 20 single on the pop charts. Chart success soon struck again with the Willie Nelson-penned "Crazy." That same year, Cline survived a traumatic car crash.
In 1962, Cline again hit the number one spot on the country charts with "She's Got You." She started performing with Johnny Cash around this time, joining his tour. Cline performed with the likes of June Carter and George Jones during this time. She was supportive of other female country artists, such as Loretta Lynn, and she tried to help them with their careers.
Patsy Cline's own career was all too brief. She died on March 5, 1963, in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee. After her death, the song "Sweet Dreams" was released and became a hit. Considered one of country music's greatest vocalists, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973. Her life became the subject of the 1985 film, Sweet Dreams, starring Jessica Lange. Her music remains popular today with fans around the world. Some of her fans even make the pilgrimage to her hometown of Winchester, Virginia, to visit the Patsy Cline Historic Home.
Crazy (feat. The Jordanaires)
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Sweet Dreams (Of You)
Life's Railway To Heaven
Walkin' After Midnight (feat. The Jordainaires)
If I Could See The World (Through The Eyes Of A Child)
I Fall To Pieces (feat. The Jordanaires)
I Can See An Angel (feat. Anita Kerr Singers)