Live footage of Patsy Cline is a rarity and always a treat, like this incredible 1957 video of Cline singing “Walkin’ After Midnight.”
The black and white clip features Cline singing live on the Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts TV show. Backing her up are Grady Martin and Hank “Sugar Foot” Garland on guitar and Owen Bradley on the piano.
“Walkin’ After Midnight” is one of Cline’s biggest hits. Interestingly enough, she wasn’t all too cracked up on the song. She didn’t want to record it, but Alan Block and Donn Hecht of Four Star Records proposed a compromise. They told her she could record a song she loved (“A Poor Man’s Roses (Or a Rich Man’s Gold)”) if she also did “Walking’ After Midnight.”
The Arthur Godfrey’s show was a competition variety show where talent scouts would bring their discovered talent onto the show to perform. The winner was chosen based on audience applause. Cline auditioned and made it onto the show, performing on the Jan. 28, 1957 broadcast.
She wanted to sing “A Poor Man’s Roses (Or a Rich Man’s Gold),” but the show’s producers made her sing “Walkin’ After Midnight” instead. This worked out in Cline’s favor, though, as she won the competition and gained national attention. When she released it as a single, it hit No. 2 on the country chart and No. 12 on the pop chart.