This memorable biography of one of country music's most enduring legends is a revised abridgment of Patsy Cline , published in 1981. According to Nassour, Cline (1932-1963) was the first woman to demonstrate that country music could appeal to a wide audience. Bold and ambitious, she was a free-living, earthy performer whom producers sometimes found difficult to work with. She apparently had few close friends, but she showed generosity to any number of people, particularly talented young women singers such as Dottie West and Loretta Lynn. Her long-term association with producer Bill McCall was, financially, "probably the single biggest mistake Patsy made in her professional life," claims Nassour, but he gives McCall great credit for promoting Cline's career. Although Cline died in a plane crash 30 years ago, her musical influence has persisted. Photos not seen by PW.
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"With a clear, concise style, Nassour reconstructs Cline’s life. . . . [The] painstaking interviews provide an insightful and comprehensive look at one of country music's pioneers. It’s a good read." Rocky Mountain News
"Cline was a woman of great passion, prone to her own style of sexual braggadocio, and Nassour gives us all the earthiness of this most sublime singer." Phoenix Gazette
I have listened to Patsy Cline for years but knew little, if anything, about her other than her tragic end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Russell Peltz
Very well written and informative book. I had a hard time putting it down.Published 1 month ago by Julie
I love Patsy Cline's music and this book gives a good peek into the story behind the legand. She was definately no angel but was a woman who knew what she wanted and went for it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Debra D. Beadel
This is an extensive and through study of theshort life of the beloved Patsy Cline that any admirer of the famed singer will want on the bookshelf. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Margie Read