As two of the greatest pioneers for female artists in country music, it’s no surprise that Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline struck up a close friendship. Lynn came from a poor background, but still wanted to chase her dream in country music.
Cline helped guide Lynn through the early stage of her career. She served as a source of support both on and off the stage.
When Cline was killed in a plane crash in 1963, Lynn was lost without her dear friend. Along with Dottie West, Lynn helped place a bell tower in the cemetery where Cline is buried. The tower continues to play hymns every day at the hour of Cline’s death.
For the rest of her life, Lynn made a point to honor Cline however she could. She recorded a tribute album of Patsy’s songs, and even named one of her twin daughters after her.
During an appearance on Bravo TV, Lynn fondly recalled her favorite memory of her best friend:
“When I’d go over, she’d be cookin’ for me, and when everything was over and she would start diggin’ in her clothes, finding little old stuff for me to wear, sweaters and stuff. And she’d load me down before the night was over.”
As for which modern country artist Lynn thought Cline would like best, she said it was hard to tell. Cline always had her own, unique ideas.
“She had her own mind and she usually said what she thought, so I ain’t gettin’ into that,” Lynn said with a smile.
We know from the way Lynn talked that Cline had a great impact on her life.