July 21, 2013

The Patsy Cline House

We took my daughter Marie to Winchester to tour the Patsy Cline House and Museum. It's only been open since 2011 and it's furnished as it would have been in when she lived here between 1948 and 1953.

A marker out front tells us that in "1957 she won Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts national television show’s competition singing “Walkin’ After Midnight.” In 1961 “I fall to Pieces” became a hit. Her iconic “Crazy” was released a year later. Her haunting voice took her to the top of the charts, and her style and popularity have never waned. She died in an airplane crash on 5 Mar. 1963 in Camden, Tennessee."

The decor of the house reminded me of homes I saw as a child. Our tour guide stressed how hard Patsy's mother worked to support her children and help Patsy start her career. Patsy worked hard too, quitting high school to work at various jobs in Winchester. The town, however, did not celebrate her singing career until long after her death.

One of the places Patsy worked was Gaunt's Drug Store, shown in the third photo.

8 comments:

  1. She had a wonderful voice. That is an interesting tour, I bet.

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  2. She has always been one of my favourites!

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  3. That is a cute little house! Looks like a Mayberry kind of neighborhood.

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  4. Wonderful house and surely an interesting tour.
    Thanks for dropping by :)

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  5. Crazy!! Her voice was one of the best!

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  6. What a cool place to visit! She died way too soon!

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