The late Patsy Cline had a voice like an angel. Tragically, she and her angelic voice left us much too soon when she passed away at just 31-years-old. Yet, her music lives. Songs like “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy” have become timeless country classics.
After releasing two hit songs, country fans were thrilled when she released her next single, “She’s Got You,” in January of 1962. In August of 1962, Patsy Cline’s third studio album Sentimentally Yours was released, featuring “She’s Got You.”
Cline performed the song during a television appearance in 1962, less than one year before her tragic death. In the performance, Cline proved she’s more than a singer but a storyteller who had an obvious connection with her songs.
According to the biography Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline, Hank Cochran remembers calling Cline and telling her that he’d just written her next hit: “She’s Got You.”
Patsy Cline’s Immediate Love for ‘She’s Got You’
Cochran visited Cline at her home, and he demoed it for her on his guitar. After the first listen, Cline was hooked. The emotion behind the song had moved Cline to tears. She learned the song overnight and recorded it during her next session— a rarity for Cline, who often had disagreements with her producer, Owen Bradley, about songs.
If you haven’t heard the tune, it’s a Patsy Cline classic. As usual, Cline takes a simple metaphor and transforms it into a beautiful piece of art.
I’ve got the records, that we used to share
And they still sound the same, as when you were here
The only thing different, the only thing new
I’ve got the records … she’s got you
Patsy Cline released “She’s Got You” on January 30, 1962, and it instantly went to No. 1 on the “Hot C&W Sides” country chart. It later climbed to the No. 14 spot on the Billboard “Hot 100.” The song was also a cross-over success. It went to No. 3 on the “Easy Listening” chart. It also was a hit across the pond as it marked her first hit single in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 43.
After the overwhelming success of the record, Cline appeared on “American Bandstand” with Dick Clark. Less than a year later, Cline booked her own show in Las Vegas.
Patsy Cline followed up “She’s Got You” with other hits, including “Imagine That”, “When I Get Through With You”, “So Wrong”, and “Strange.”