PATSY CLINE – “ON THE AIR”

Patsy Cline

“On The Air”

(Hip-O/UME)

 

This past March marked the 50th anniversary of the death of one of country music’s greatest singers, Patsy Cline. The milestone did not get as much media attention as it should have but at least her old record company, Universal Music, took the trouble of dipping into their archives to compile tracks that she recorded live at both the Grand Ole Opry and on a Nashville music program, “The Greg Reeves Show.”

Cline classics as “Crazy,” “She’s Got You,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “I Fall To Pieces” lack the polish of their familiar hit versions but prove that her strong vocals were not the result of some recording studio wizardry.

It is eerie to listen to her take on Bob Wills’ “San Antonio Rose” that was recorded five days before she took that ill-fated plane trip.

“On The Air” is an invaluable historical document.