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In 1957 the world was introduced to an incredibly talented woman, who would soon become one of the most influential artists in the music world, Patsy Cline.
During her lifetime, which was cut much too short, Cline made a huge mark on the music world, topping charts and leaving a legacy that would forever be remembered. Her most well known songs (and some of our favorites!) were "I Fall To Pieces", "Crazy", "She's Got You" and "Sweet Dreams", and the list could go on and on.
Even after tragic her passing in 1963, Cline's legacy lived on. She became the first female solo artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, was ranked #1 on CMT's list of The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, and #46 on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
Cline had such a distinct voice that could never be duplicated. Although, there is one artist who has a similar sound, and we're sure y'all will agree... LeAnn Rimes!
At the 2013 American Country Awards, Luke Bryan took the stage and gave a touching speech about the legendary singer. He said, "Fifty years ago this year we lost one of the greatest singers in country music history, make that music history period. The legendary Patsy Cline was only thirty years old, and still at the height of her career when she died tragically. But the songs Patsy sang never left our airways or our hearts."
He went on to introduce the crowd to Rimes, saying, "Tonight we wanted to remember Patsy with the help of a beautiful young woman, who began her own remarkable career being called the next 'Patsy Cline'. Here to raise her own great voice to honor Patsy, y'all this is the amazing LeAnn Rimes."
Rimes sang a beautiful and heartbreaking tribute to the inspirational Patsy Cline, through a medley of her hits. She put her heart and soul into the tribute, which was clear through her mid-performance breakdown. Check out the emotional moment below.
In the video below, a vintage Cline performs her first hit song, "I Fall To Pieces" on The Glenn Reeves Show in 1963. We're so grateful that we are still able to see her perform at the height of her career!
Patsy Cline was one of the most inspirational vocalist of all time, and we will miss her more and more each day.
R.I.P. Patsy Cline, always remembered, never forgotten.