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Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American country music singer.
Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, United States, she received her first contract as a country singer in 1953 and, despite her short life, would become one of the most influential singers in the history of American popular music. Cline was the last name of her first husband, Gerald Cline, a construction industry mogul, whom she married in 1953 and divorced in 1957.
That same year, Cline married Charles Allen Dick, who worked as a linotype operator for the Winchester Star. They had a daughter, Julia Dick (b. 1958), and a son, Allen Randolph Dick (b. 1961).
Cline rocketed to fame after she performed her breakthrough hit "Walkin' After Midnight" (1957) on the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, written by Don Hecht and Alan Block. She became a mainstay on the country music showcase Grand Ole Opry in 1960, which was the realization of her life long dream. Though she began her career recording rockabilly, it became clear that Cline's voice was best suited for pop/country crossover tunes, especially lo...