I Fall to Pieces – Patsy Cline

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on March 5th of 1963 Patsy Cline was killed when her private plane crashed near Camden, Tennessee. Most often remembered for her hits, “Crazy”, “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “I Fall To Pieces” and “She’s Got You”, Cline’s Greatest Hits L.P. has sold over eight million copies, making it the largest selling female Country album of all time, until Shania Twain came along. “I Fall To Pieces” was a huge hit for Patsy in 1961. Written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard, this was arguably the first pure country single to cross over to the pop charts. It also established Patsy Cline’s sophisticated weepy style. Actually she  was reluctant to record this ballad until producer Owen Bradley coaxed her into it. The sound was stone country but wrapped in elaborate pop, with Cline crying inside, like a nerve rubbed raw by heartbreak. The song was turned down numerous times, first by Brenda Lee, who found the song “too Country” for her pop style. Bradley then asked rising Country star Roy Drusky to record it, but he turned it down, stating that it was not a man’s song. However, when Cline began recording the song a few weeks later in November 1960, she had second thoughts about it, especially after she discovered that popular Nashville background singer group, The Jordanaires, would serve as the support vocalists. Cline was afraid The Jordanaires would drown out her sound, and as a result, she was not very friendly upon meeting them for the first time, according to Jordanaire member Gordon Stoker. Cline also felt that the Pop ballad style Bradley wanted it recorded in did not suit her own style, but Bradley was trying to make the song appeal to the Pop market, an idea that Cline rejected wholeheartedly. After listening to the playback afterward, however, she realized that Bradley was right about the torch songs and ended up liking the track, stating that she finally found her own identity. Subsequently, The Jordanaires became fast friends and part of Patsy’s inner circle. The song reached #1 on Billboard’s Country Chart and became a crossover hit peaking at #12 on the Pop chart. RIP to Patsy along with Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and Patsy’s manager and the pilot of the aircraft Randy Hughes who also perished in the crash.