Saturday, April 15, 2017
Given Patsy ’s tragically shortened life — Cline died in a plane crash at the age of 30 — the country singer had a short-lived career which could have posed an issue for the curators.
Before her passing, Cline had done no known interviews, print or otherwise. Curators began to sculpt a fuller image of Cline though the singer’s history and correspondence with fans and family.
“She was a pen pal to a lot of people, just regular people,” ta spokesman explained, “Fans in the late 1950s would see a show or hear a record and they would reach out to her and she would write back to them. And not just ‘Thanks for writing. Best wishes, Patsy Cline.’ She would write them three page, front and back, handwritten letters about how her career was going and how life was as a mother and a wife.”
Along with never before seen home videos, the letters portray the life of the woman offstage. The museum displays pieces from Cline’s Nashville home that she purchased and decorated shortly before her death in 1963. She had referred to the house as her “dream home.”
The museum reaches even further into the singer’s past and features the actual booth from Gaunt’s Drugstore in Winchester, Va. Cline dropped out of school when her father left and worked at the diner as a soda jerk and waitress to help support her family.
Additionally, there is an entire wall at the museum de
dicated to Cline’s singles. The 45s begin with her 1955 recording of “A Church, a Courtroom and Then Goodbye” that appeared on her first EP “Songs By Patsy Cline.” Over 100 sides of records line the wall, displaying the remarkable legacy she left behind through her professional recording career.
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