About the Show
L and L Music presents Lorraine Hartsook sings Patsy Cline. A heart-felt tribute to one of the all-time female legends of country music. The performer, Lorraine Hartsook has been recognized with past awards such as “Entertainer Of The Year” and “Female Vocalist Of The Year”, making her a true world-class Patsy Cline tribute artist.
Lorraine Hartsook sings Patsy Cline is tailored for a listening audience. A dynamic vocal performance of her greatest hits combined with a full narrated story of the life and times of Patsy Cline. Two thirty-five minute sets that have been broken into two era’s entitled “The Honky Tonk Angel” and “The Lady, The Legend” with a twenty minute break to accommodate costume changes. A powerful solo performance with stunning costumes, background moving images and professional back up tracks.
Honky Tonk Angel
An intimate personal story of the beginnings of Patsy Cline’s bumpy rise to stardom that began in honky-tonk dives where she struggled to make a name for herself in a “good ole boy” business that often left its women bruised and bitter. A father who abandoned patsy at age 15 and a mother who believed that Patsy could fulfill her childhood dream to become a Grand Ole Opry star becomes her personal manager and dress designer. Together a mother and daughter rise up in courage, faith and determination, a perseverance that birthed the life and times of Patsy Cline. A rise to stardom that included songs such as Walkin’ After Midnight, I Fall To Pieces, Stupid Cupid, San Antonio Rose plus more.
The Lady The Legend
Patsy is now considered a country music star and had developed a strong friendship with other artists such as George Jones, Johnny Cash, Dottie West and of course her best friend, Loretta Lynn. It was the early 1960’s and Patsy’s life began settling down and her career began to pick up even more. Two children, a dream home and a stack of hit records were finally hers. From cowboy dress to evening gowns performing on the prestige stages of the Grand Ole Opry, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Las Vegas. A honky tonk angel with a big heart and a big voice comes to an end with an untimely death at age 30. On March 5, 1963 Patsy Cline died in a plane crash. Lorraine gives an emotional audience experience that honors the lady, the legend with hit songs like; Crazy, She’s Got You, Back In Baby’s Arms, Faded Love, Sweet Dreams and more.
Walkin' After Midnight
“Walkin’ After Midnight” is a song written by Alan Block and Donn Hecht, recorded by American country music artist Patsy Cline. Patsy was not fond of “Walkin’ After Midnight”, but after making a compromise with her label, she recorded it. In January 1957, Patsy Cline performed the song on an episode of the CBS television program Arthur Godfrey’s “Talent Scouts”. It garnered a strong response from viewers, and was therefore rush-released as a single on February 11, 1957. “Walkin’ After Midnight” became Cline’s first major hit single, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard country music chart, and No. 12 on its pop chart. Although the song was her only hit until 1961, the single version sold over one million copies and is often included on authoritative lists of the all-time greatest songs in country music.
The Crazy Legend
When Patsy Cline heard the demo of a new song by a little-known songwriter called Hugh Nelson, she didn’t care for it much. But as she and producer Owen Bradley looked for the track that would be her follow-up to her first country chart-topper ‘I Fall To Pieces,’ Bradley rearranged it as a ballad in her style. So it was that on August 21, 1961, Patsy Cline created the ‘Crazy’ legend. Hugh Nelson would of course become known far and wide as Willie Nelson, and it was Cline’s recording of ‘Crazy’ that made that name famous.
“Sweet Dreams” was the first song released after Patsy Cline’s death and it also became a Hollywood movie of Patsy’s life story. The plot of the movie reveals that Patsy Cline is unhappily married and playing small-time gigs in the Tri-State area consisting of Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland when she meets Charlie Dick, whose charm and aggressive self-confidence catch her attention. In time, Patsy leaves her husband to marry Charlie, and she gives up music to focus on raising their children. But after Charlie goes into the United States Army, Patsy begins singing again, and after joining forces with manager Randy Hughes, Patsy becomes a rising star on the country music scene. The film was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress (Jessica Lange).
Patsy Cline heard folk-rocker Jackie DeShannon singing “Faded Love” on her car radio. She knew this song had potential and became determined to convince her producer Owen Bradley to let her record it. Her emotional rendering of “Faded Love” is a haunting one, especially the finish of the song when it seems that she’s about to break down at the end, pausing and taking a deep, audible breath before singing the last note. Many thought the track was ruined, but producer Bradley did not ask for a re-take, a prophetic decision considering the plane crash that took Patsy’s life a month and a day after she recorded “Faded Love.” This is one of the rarest of songs that still reaches out and touches Patsy Cline fans today.
Listen to Music
Lorraine Hartsook sings Patsy Cline is a celebration of hard work and devotion to keep the music of Patsy Cline alive in the hearts and minds of the many fans that still exist today. This CD contains fifteen of Patsy Cline’s greatest hits recorded live in Nashville, TN not too far from Goodlettsville, TN where Patsy Cline lived.
In 1973, Patsy Cline was the first solo female artist named to the Country Music Hall of Fame. She left one of the greatest legacies in music history, a legacy honored with a 1995 Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 1999, Patsy was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Patsy’s popularity continues to soar with “Crazy” written by Willie Nelson, as the number one worldwide jukebox play.