Did Patsy Cline Have A Premonition About Her Own Death?

By | November 22, 2018

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Patsy Cline circa 1950 (Photo by RB/Redferns)

The death of Patsy Cline in an airplane crash in 1963 was one of the most tragic events in country music history. One of the genre’s first mega-stars, best known for her hits “Crazy,” “Walking After Midnight”, and “I Fall to Pieces,” Cline was only 30 years old when she was killed in a plane crash on March 5, 1963, while en route to Nashville. Having survived two previous car accidents, Cline displayed behavior that leads many people to believe that she had a premonition about her unexpected death. Could Cline have sensed that her time on Earth was running short?

Patsy Cline's airplane crash near Camden, Tennessee, which also claimed the lives of country stars Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas, has been called country music's "day the music died," a reference to the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. Both tragedies cut short careers of individuals who might have made music for decades afterward. It's disheartening to think of all the great music left unwritten and unsung by Patsy Cline -- and it's downright eerie to think that the legendary singer might even have seen that day coming.

Cline Paved The Way For Female Country Artists

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During the 1950s and 1960s, Patsy Cline, who was born in 1932, capitalized on her rich, contralto voice, hard-work, and a few lucky breaks to rise to the top of the country music industry. She, along with Kitty Wells, was responsible for laying the foundation for other women in the male-dominated country music. Many of her songs were cross-over hits with wide appeal. Many of the female country superstars that came after her name Cline as an inspiration, including Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, LeAnn Rimes, and more.