Patsy Cline was an American country singer known for her rich tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice and her role as a pioneer in the country music industry, particularly for helping women break through in the male-dominated country music scene. She is remembered for her remarkable covers of songs such as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” Sweet Dreams” and more. As she began building her music career, she was involved in a near life-threatening car accident, consequently affecting her performing and her philosophy on life. She later recorded other songs like Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” and Hank Cochran’s “She’s Got You.” She died in 1965 in a plane crash along with her manager Randy Hughes and country musicians Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas. Her legacy remains for inspiring women to step out of the “windoe-dressing” role of country music, and instead enter the spotlight. - Christina Dore
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