Fans have a few more weeks to see Patsy Cline’s stage costumes, handwritten letters, artifacts from the plane crash that claimed her life and more before the exhibit Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You closes on June 9. In honor of the exhibit’s final weeks, the Museum is offering a series of Patsy-related film screenings and a special concert featuring Jan Howard, Kristen Kelly, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis on May 11.
The May 11 concert, ‘Always: Singing the Legacy of Patsy Cline,’ will feature Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Jan Howard and Kristen Kelly performing their favorite Patsy Cline songs as well as music from their own catalogs. Brenda Lee will serve as host for the event which will screen live at countrymusichalloffame.org.
On May 12, the museum will show Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry and Community Jamboree at 2:00 p.m. The Grand Ole Opry program aired in 1962 and features performances by Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys and Justin Tubb. Community Jamboree was a short television program featuring country stars and produced by the National Guard to use as a recruitment tool. This episode stars Patsy, Ferlin Husky and Carl Smith.
On May 19, the museum will show Jubilee U.S.A. Filmed in front of a live audience in Springfield, Missouri, this episode is hosted by Eddy Arnold and features musical and comedic performances by Eddy, Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, June Valli and others. On May 26, Western Ranch Party will be shown. A syndicated half-hour television show, the two episodes feature Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and others.
Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, on September 8, 1932, Patsy’s breakthrough came in January 1957 when she performed “Walkin’ After Midnight” on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts. In 1960, she signed with Decca Records and began working with producer Owen Bradley, churning out hits “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy” and “She’s Got You.” Patsy died on March 5, 1963 in a plane crash that left no survivors. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in1973.