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Universal Music to Release 14 Audio Recordings of Patsy Cline's Greatest TV Performances

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On November 13, 2012, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release Patsy Cline On The Air: Her Greatest TV Performances, bringing together, for the first time ever on CD, rare live audio recordings culled from some of Patsy Cline's greatest on-camera appearances. Patsy Cline On The Air features 14 audio recordings of Cline's stunning live television performances and will be available digitally and on CD.

In her brief career, and in an era country music was mainly dominated by men, Patsy Cline made her way to the top of both the country and pop charts, opening the door and paving the way for future headlining female artists. Her incredible vocal talent and strong personality made her a popular guest on many country variety shows of the day such as Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry, The Glenn Reeves Show, and Country Style U.S.A.

Patsy Cline On The Air features some of these memorable appearances, including a unique presentation of her all-time classic hit "Walking After Midnight," on Country Style U.S.A. in February of 1962. Also included are her multiple appearances on Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry beginning with her debut on February 7, 1962, as she performed her 1961 Top Ten hit "Crazy," a song written by the then unknown Willie Nelson, and her 1962 hit single "She's Got You," a song that reached No. 1 on Billboard's Country Singles chart, No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary charts, crossing over to the pop charts, hitting No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Later that year Cline would make three more appearances on Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry including the performance of her latest singles, "Strange" and "Imagine That," on April 16; "A Church, A Courtroom, Then Goodbye," "You're Stronger Than Me" and her country Top 20 "So Wrong" on August 7; her September 25th appearance performing her hit singles "When I Get Through With You (You'll Love Me Too)" and "Why Can't He Be You." The following year, on February 18, 1963, Patsy Cline made her last appearance on Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry, performing her version of the Bill Monroe classic "Blue Moon Of Kentucky," and her new hit single "Leavin' On Your Mind," a song that hit top ten on the Country Singles chart.

Sadly, on February 28, 1963, Patsy Cline made her final television appearance on the popular country music TV show The Glenn Reeves Show to perform Bob Willis' "San Antonio Rose" and her 1961 hit "I Fall To Pieces," which went to No. 1 on the Country Singles chart and No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Just five days after her performance on The Glenn Reeves Show, Patsy Cline's career was tragically cut short in a plane crash at the age 30. To this day, her strong spirit, her powerful and emotionally expressive vocal style, and the timeless music she left behind, continue to be an inspiration and influence on artists of many genres. Today, Patsy Cline remains one of the greatest and most cherished country singers of all time. Patsy Cline On The Air, which also includes an essay by renowned author and editor Holly George-Warren, is a lasting document of her power as a live performer.

Photo Courtesy of PatsyCline.com


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