Patsy Cline Exhibit to Open Aug. 24 at Hall of Fame

Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You will showcase artifacts from her life and career.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the late legendary singer Patsy Cline with a new exhibit, Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You, which opens on Aug. 24 in Nashville.

Patsy Cline's rich voice turned her songs, including "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy" and "Sweet Dreams (of You)," into heart-wrenching classics. The Winchester, Va., native was born in 1932. After her untimely death in a plane crash in 1963, the singer was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973.

The exhibit draws largely from letters that Patsy penned to friend and fan club president Treva Miller, essentially letting Patsy narrate much of the exhibit in her own words. In addition to costumes, artifacts will include:

  • Handwritten letters from Patsy to family and friends, including one to Treva dated Nov. 9, 1955. In it Patsy writes, “I’m married to a wonderful guy from Frederick, Md.…We live with mom until we can get a trailer.”
  • Patsy’s collection of salt and pepper shakers, including a Japanese-made set of “she-devils” holding pitchforks; a set of “ladies’ lingerie” shakers; western-themed sets of tepee and leather “cowboy hat” shakers; a variety of animal-themed shakers featuring Siamese cats, dogs, turkeys and zebras; and more
  • Daughter Julie’s pink leatherette baby book, with entries handwritten by Patsy
  • Patsy’s pink marble cigarette jar and lighter, hand carved in Italy
  • Patsy’s lacquered jewelry box and costume jewelry collection
  • Gold I.D. bracelet given by Patsy to her husband, Charlie. The bracelet is engraved with the name "Charles Dick" on the front, and on the back reads “Love, Virginia” (Patsy was born Virginia Patterson Hensley). The bracelet opens to reveal two photos of Patsy.
  • Harold Bradley’s 1961 datebook, spotlighting notable recording sessions with Patsy
  • Patsy’s red cowgirl-style skirt and blouse, appliquéd with felt longhorn-steer and wagon-wheel motifs and embellished with rhinestones and leather fringe; the costume was designed by Patsy and sewn by her mother, Hilda Hensley
  • Elegant stage and evening wear, including Patsy’s gold lamé pants and matching ankle boots and a fur stole.

Upon entering the exhibit, visitors will be able to read parts of a self-penned biography from Patsy, via text-panel reproductions of a bio that Patsy crafted in 1962. The exhibit will run through June 10, 2013.

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