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" . . . Congratulations on your Patsy Cline biography. Your website is the most
comprehensive one devoted
to Patsy Cline because you give more detailed aspects of Patsy's life --
probably due to your perspective
as the author of the best biography written about Patsy. You give your website
visitors and readers of your
book the truth, from those that really knew Patsy -- as opposed to just opinion as
others have done. As one
who knew Patsy well, I honestly can say you are the only one who
has portrayed Patsy as she really was.
Readers know honesty and truth when they see it . . . "
~ ~ FAYE MORGAN
RAVE REVIEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD :
"... Honky Tonk Angel : The
Intimate Story of Patsy
Cline is one of the most
Written with great skill
and the cooperation of
[Cline's] family and friends...
Dottie West, Loretta Lynn,
Brenda Lee, Roger Miller,
and Faron Young are a few
who relate their memories...
[Ellis] Nassour conjures up
the period perfectly."
~ NORTHERN ECHO (U.K.)
clear, concise style, Nassour reconstructs [Patsy] Clines life through a series of
interviews . . . with
seemingly all of Clines remaining entourage of professionals, friends and
family...[The] painstaking interviews
provide an insightful and comprehensive look at one of country musics
pioneers. Its a good read.
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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.
ANOTHER RAVE ... from BILLBOARD !
book manages to capture the raw elements that went into
making (Patsy) Cline the
entertainer she was--and to his credit, author (Ellis) Nassour doesn't try to paint her
over in shades of gold. Cline's outspoken charm, abrasive warmth and brassy
exterior were components of the artist herself; and, if offstage she qualified as her own
honky tonk angel, it in no way detracted from her magnitudinous talent onstage
. . . (The book) invites a fascinating look at the restrictive realism that existed for
females in country music during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Cline managed to stand out
fromthe rest, due partly to her powerful one-of-a-kind voice and partly to her sheer
good-humored aggressiveness and determination . . . Nassour sets up his narrative through
remembered conversations and shared scraps of reminiscence by those who played peripheral
roles in Cline's short life: her mother, Hilda Hensley; Gerald Cline, her first
husband;Jimmy Dean; Dottie West; Faron Young; (record producer) Owen Bradley; (Patsy's
first manager and a lover) Bill Peer; songwriter Donn Hecht...Brenda Lee; and her second
husband, Charlie Dick, with whom she waged an intense and highly mercurial relationship .
. . The book excels in its accurate recreation of the (1963 plane) crash itself and its
impact on those who knew Cline best. And it provides insight into a woman who was
certainly one of the most unusual and talented performers to come out of country
music in any decade . . . When her career was snuffed out at the age of 30, Cline had just
begun to claim the stardom she'd always hungered for.
It's a tribute to her powerful talent, her indomitable spirit and her unconquerable
individuality that her name and her music are still very much alive."
~ BILLBOARD, Kip Kirby
"Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline is a
revealing and absorbing book on the late, great Patsy Cline's ride to the top of the
charts and into the hearts of millions of fans ... What a dame! (The book is) a
"Ellis Nassours Honky Tonk Angel: The
Intimate Story of Patsy Cline does not just
paint an image of the Patsy Cline I knew and
loved. What emerges is a poignant tribute to
one of our greatest singing legends . . . Patsy
put her stamp on everything she did because
she sang from the heart. One of the things she
taught me, besides some colorful words, was
how to sing direct to the audience, then no
translation is necessary."
~ Brenda Lee
"Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline brought back many wonderful memories.
It brings home the fact that Patsy was an original in her cowgirl outfit with red
boots and western hat sing-
ing her soul at you.
There's never been
another quite like her."