Patsy Cline Hall of Fame Exhibit Opens

Display focuses on the legend’s personal side.

Patsy Cline, one of country music’s most iconic and colorful figures, is being celebrated in a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You. The exhibit officially opens to the public on Friday (Aug. 24) and will run through June 10, 2013.

Patsy’s life was tragically cut short when she was killed in an airplane crash on March 5, 1963. But she left behind a legacy of classic recordings, including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “She’s Got You.” The exhibit recalls those recordings and her stellar career but also focuses on the personal side of Patsy’s life.

The exhibit essentially allows Patsy to tell her own story with a collection of the many letters she wrote to her family and her first fan club president, Treva Miller. Fans will also be fascinated by personal items such as her salt and pepper shakers, which she collected on her travels, her jewelry box, wardrobes and pink marble cigarette jar and lighter.

The central piece of the exhibit is a film created by the museum's staff that features all new interviews with Willie Nelson (who wrote Patsy’s hit “Crazy”), Brenda Lee, Ray Walker of the Jordanaires and Hall of Fame musician Harold Bradley, along with rare performance footage of Patsy.

“Our exhibit will not only explore Patsy’s musical contributions, but will also offer visitors a look at the woman behind the songs,” said museum director Kyle Young in a release about the exhibit. 

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