Like her contemporary, the movie star James Dean, Patsy Cline arrived in pop-culture heaven prematurely, the result of a tragedy. She died in a plane crash in 1963 at the age of 30, leaving behind two small children and the work that resulted from 12 recording sessions, not to mention a growing number of fans in and outside of country-and-western music, all addicted to the swoop and embrace of her voice, most wondering what she might have accomplished if she hadn't died so young. One of the first women pop performers to have a solo career, Cline was a sophisticated trailblazer. Her influence can still be seen and heard in the music of country-and-western thoroughbreds Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette, as well as relative newcomer LeAnn Rimes, poseur Linda Ronstadt, and... More >>>