|All You Ever Wanted to Know About Patsy Cline--
And Then Some
Patsy Cline was killed at age 30 in a 1963 plane crash at
the peak of her career. She was riding high on the country and pop music
charts for the third consecutive year and becoming a major pop music star.
Though Patsy didn't birth the new Nashville Sound, she brought it out of its diapers with
the huge acceptance of her hits across the board. Her records, many of which are
standards, include "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy," "She's Got
You," "That's How A Heartache Begins" and "Walkin' After
Midnight." Her recording of "Crazy" remains the world-wide jukebox
Tonk Angel : The Intimate
Story of Patsy Cline introduces a Patsy
Cline few know. As an artist, she was an innovative hit maker (not always
willingly) who broke many country taboos. She recorded in a unique style literally
20 years ahead of the competition. As a woman, she was brassy, loving, and had more
than her share of heartbreak. Almost single-handedly, she opened the doors for
women singers to become solo acts. Patsy's brief life is filled with enough drama,
music and laughter to fill several books.
more than a biography of a show business legend. The interviews with those who knew, loved
and worked with Patsy take the reader beyond that. This Patsy is certainly not
wearing a halo, but the reader vividly experiences her dream to be a star, feel her
drive and, most of all, her heart and soul. Reviewer after reviewer has written how
Ellis Nassour manages to introduce a larger- than-life woman who let nothing stop her
quest for the top of the charts. Her personal story will touch and enlighten. The
book reveals the real Patsy Cline the hard-driving, two-fisted, gutsy rebel and the
brilliant recording artist and pioneer warts and all. It also answers
numerous questions and provides fascinating detail of the career and marriages of a
fascinating woman. By separating fiction from fact, the book puts to rest endless
speculation and exposes a Patsy Cline who's more incredible than you could ever believe.
Honky Tonk Angel is packed with absorbing detail, touching drama and great humor.
It's the story of Patsy's roller coaster ride to fame and of the drive behind the
woman who's become a country and pop music icon around the world. In sheer impact,
Ellis Nassour's dramatic retelling of Patsy Cline's brief life and quest for fame
through those who knew her best will make you laugh and cry. In her wise-cracking
bluster, inner beauty, emotions, courage and unique talent, Patsy emerges an original.
It's a book
you'll find hard to put down! In 1973 Patsy became the first solo female artist
named to the country Music Hall of Fame. In death, Patsy's popularity, though
dormant for nearly 16 years, has increased to the point that shes more popular today
than at the peak of her career. You can hardly go anywhere without hearing her
vocals. Her popularity has crossed age groups and lifestyles. Patsy, in
addition to being awarded a special Grammy, having her star on Hollywood's Walk of
Fame and being named to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, was chosen in 1998 by People
Magazine as one of the "THE MOST INTRIGUING PEOPLE OF THE CENTURY."
In 1999, Patsy was honored with membership in the Virginia
Legends Walk, located in Virginia Beach. As an amazing barometer of her popularity, Patsy
ranked Number 11 in VH1's 1999 poll of the "100 Greatest Women of Rock."
Rock! In 2002, Patsy was selected in a Country Music Television Network poll of
critics and musicians as Number One among the 40 greatest country female artists.