Country Music Legend Patsy Cline Had A Short But Meaningful Life

Idolator Staff | September 25, 2019 4:28 pm

Country music star Patsy Cline is not only a renowned singer, but she was also a pioneer for female music artists. The talented high school dropout taught herself to play piano at a young age and established herself in the music industry despite coming from humble beginnings. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, breaking down barriers for female performers to come. She also paved the way for country music stars to move into the genre of pop. Cline incurred great accomplishments in her short 30 years of life, read on to discover more amazing facts about this star.

She Was Named Virginia, And Born In Virginia

Patsy Cline poses for a headshot
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According to Biography, Patsy’s mother, Hilda, was only 16-years-old when she married Patsy’s father, Samuel, who was 41-years-old. Despite their 25 year age gap, the pair had three children, and Patsy was the oldest. They named her Virginia Patterson Hensley, which may have been related to the fact that she was born in Virginia.

Virginia started going by the name Patsy in 1952, at the age of twenty, when she began performing with Bill Peer and his band. The musician suggested she go by Patsy when she perform with him, and the name stuck with crowds.