LOUISE SEGER a native of Jackson, MS, and, as we
discovered, an old family friend.
We met in 1980 in Houston, TX.
It was quite a scene: Louise showed up in white Caddy convertible, in
a white cowgirl outfit, with holsters of canned Buds on both sides
looking every bit like a blonde Patsy!
ELLIS NASSOUR FOR HIS ACCLAIMED 1981 PATSY CLINE BIOGRAPHY,
CLINE : An Intimate Biography,
and granted use of the letters she and Patsy
exchanged from 1961-1963.
[Photo: Country Weekly Magazine;
John Stewart/Ozark Stock]
AN EXCERPT FROM THE LOUISE SEGER INTERVIEWS IN
TONK ANGEL : The Intimate Story Of PATSY CLINE.
KIKK Houston radio throughout the day from home and her job to request Patsy Cline
records. In early May (1961), while she was speaking to deejay Hal Harris, she learned
that Patsy would be playing the Esquire Ballroom. She spread the news and gathered
together a group of friends, all dressed in western clothes, or the appearance at the
gigantic barn- like club on Hempstead Highway. Louise had insisted they arrive early, and
they did. In fact, they were the first. While enjoying her beer Louise looked up.
"I saw this girl looking over the place," recalled
Louise. "I thought she was Patsys agent. The only time Id seen Patsy was
four years ago on Godfrey. Then something went ding, ding, ding!" Patsy took a
seat three tables over from Louise, who was about to burst. She told her friends,
"Im going over there."
All eyes were on her as she walked slowly to the other
"Excuse me, Miss Cline?"
"Yes," Patsy said, smiling.
"I just wanted you to know how much I admire your music. I
have I Fall to Pieces played for me four or five times every
Louise introduced herself and asked Patsy to join her
Patsy kept looking around the club. "This is a mighty damn big place,
"Yes, maam," answered Louise, "but,
boy, its gonna be packed."
"Im worried about the band. I
dont know any of the
musicians and I wonder if they know my music. Do you?"
"Yes, maam, every beat."
"Would you do me a favor and, during the show, watch
the drummer so he wont rush me?"
Louise happily complied
Around midnight, after Patsy
signed autographs and posed for photos, Louise heard Patsy calling for a taxi to return to
the Montague Hotel. "No, youll go with us. Well go to my house so you can
have something to eat."
At the kitchen table [they sat] and talked about
"broken hearts, husband problems, children problems, loves lost, loves won. We
sounded like tow people writing couture songs."
They traded stories until
almost 4:00 A.M
[Louise talked Patsy into staying the night, so she
could arrange for Harris to interview her. She called him at home.]
"Louise, do you know what time it is?"
"I had to reach you before you left for the station.
Ive got Patsy Cline at the house."
"And Ive got Marilyn Monroe in bed. Now, honey,
you sleep it off and Ill play I Fall to Pieces for you in the
LATER THAT MORNING, LOUISE SHOWED UP AT THE STATION WITH
PATSY AND IMMENSELY ENJOYED HAL HARRIS REACTION :
"Hal fell through his asshole and hung himself !" .