On This Day: Patsy Cline Receives a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999

by Clayton Edwards

Patsy Cline recorded and performed around the country for six years. A plane crash cut her career short in 1963. At that time, Cline was only thirty years old. However, she had already helped to change the face of country music. She was one of the first country singers to cross over and have pop success. At the same time, Cline was the first woman to headline her own tour. To this day, she is an inspiration to many country music singers. There is no way of knowing how much more she would have done had she not died in that plane crash.

On this day in 1999, Patsy Cline got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her string of hit songs as well as her influence on American music as a whole was more than enough to earn her the honor. A small crowd gathered as the star was dedicated to Cline. Those in attendance included her husband Charlie Dick and her daughter Julie Fudge, according to UDiscoverMusic.

If you find yourself in Hollywood and want to see Patsy Cline’s star, it is located between Yul Brenner and Barry Sullivan. You can find her star at 6196 Hollywood Boulevard on the south side of the street.

A Brief Look At Patsy Cline’s Career

Patsy Cline started her career in 1952 in much the same way as other stars of her time – on local radio. She performed on WINC in her home state of Virginia. Then, she landed a spot on a local television variety show which led to a deal with Four Star Records. After signing with Four Star, Cline started her recording career.

She had minor success with her initial Four Star records. However, nothing really hit. In 1957, she made her first national TV appearance on a show called Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, according to Biography. On that show, Patsy Cline sang “Walkin’ After Midnight.” That song, which is now one of her best-known releases was her first major hit. It saw chart success on both the country and pop charts. That would be her last big hit with Four Star. However, she kept recording with them for a while.

Patsy Cline moved to Nashville in 1958 after marrying her second husband, Charlie Dick, and giving birth to their first child. After two years in Nashville, Cline secured a place on the Grand Ole Opry as well as a deal with Decca Records.

Over the course of the next three years, Patsy Cline would record some of her most iconic work. She landed her first country chart-topper with the Harlan Howard and Hank Cochran co-write, “I Fall to Pieces,” in 1961.

After a benefit show in Kansas City, Kansas, Patsy Cline boarded a small plane with Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, and her manager Randy Hughes. The plane hit a patch of rough weather and went down in a forest outside of Camden, Tennessee. Cline as well as everyone else aboard the aircraft died instantly when it went down.