Loretta Lynn‘s life changed forever the moment she heard the news that her friend Patsy Cline had died in a plane crash on March 5, 1963. Years later, she explained to her audience just how difficult it was to deal with the loss over the next few years.
“When I first went to Nashville, Tennessee, the first girl singer I ever met was Patsy Cline,” Lynn explained. “We’d become the best of friends.” After the tragic accident that took the life of Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and pilot Randy Hughes, Lynn found herself unable to sing her late friend’s songs. “When somebody from the audience would holler out a Patsy Cline number, it would mess up my whole show.”
In 1977, she recorded I Remember Patsy, a tribute album that featured covers of Cline’s biggest hits which became one of her biggest releases of the decade. In this 1978 performance, she flawlessly supplies renditions of “Fall To Pieces,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “Crazy.”
“I still have a hard time singing ’em,” she admitted to the crowd. “But I’m gonna sing ’em for you anyway.”
Click below to watch Loretta Lynn’s impressive medley of Patsy Cline hits.