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I was glued to the television set for Ken Burns’s film series, “Country Music, which aired on PBS the last couple of weeks. There was a total of 8 episodes chronicling Country Music’s origins in the 1920s up to the present day.  

Ken Burns films are always entertaining and quite comprehensive. And “Country Music” is certainly living up to the expectations. There’s no one like Burns to present documentary information in such an entertaining way.

One of the focuses of the fourth episode of the series was on an important component of Country Music –Patsy Cline. Despite a shortened career that ended with her death in 1963, Patsy Cline has been a powerhouse of influence. With songs such as “Crazy,” written by Willie Nelson; “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “She’s Got You,” “Faded Love” and scores of other hits, her clear, articulate voice sold millions of records –both before and after her death. Patsy experienced what is known as being a crossover artist, which occurred rarely in the Country Music industry. Many of her songs chartered on both the Country Music and Pop Music lists.

I discovered Patsy Cline since my father played an eight-track tape of her greatest hits –that was back in the early 1970s and I’ve been a fan ever since.

With a hard life in Virginia, Patsy was born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia. She left school at 15 to find work to help her family when her abusive father deserted them. Singing was always part of her life and she was enjoying success at the time of her death in a private plane crash in 1963. The following information was found on the Internet about Patsy Cline, who, in addition to being an enormously talented singer, was a witty, friendly and generous person to both her family and circle of friends.

Her music lives on as the following information states:

“Since her death, Cline has been cited as one of the most celebrated, respected and influential performers of the 20th century. Her music has influenced performers of various styles and genres. She has also been seen as a forerunner for women in country music, being among the first to sell records and headline concerts. Various awards and recognition have been given to Cline because of this.”

Searching on the Internet for Patsy Cline memorabilia and collectibles, I found a few. The following items are listed for sale at historyforsale.com. A letter written by Patsy from July 31, 1957 is available, certified authentic, and priced at $12,600; a photo of Patsy inscribed and signed is priced at $6,800; and a piece of paper with her signature is listed at $2,040.

I don’t think I can afford those prices, but I have several records; tapes and CDs of Patsy Cline’s and I always enjoy listening to them –and of course – singing along!

The following information from Eric Williams came to me after my column was sent/deadlined for the Sept. 23, 2019 issue of Barr’s.

“I did a more accurate count of my Dad’s postcard books tonight and realized that most of the pages contain only four cards (front and back visible on opposite sides of the same sleeve), rather than eight, and there are fewer pages than I estimated. For the two volumes I have in Wisconsin, one contains roughly 160 cards, the other roughly 120. For the two volumes which my brother has in Florida, the large binder, which contains a bunch of themed collections, contains 265 cards, while the smaller one, with fewer historic and themed cards, has 52 cards. This makes the total cards available roughly 600, not the 800 I estimated on the phone.”

That’s still a goodly amount of postcards available for those who may be interested. Contact Eric Williams at (818) 486-4447 or via e-mail at EricWilliams2000@gmail.com.

I hope everyone has a good time enjoying the cooler (and hopefully drier) fall weather. Check out this issue to plan a trip to paper sales and shows listed. Please contact us with postcard and paper-related matters; club and convention news or additional ephemera matters. We can be reached at editor@barrspcn.com; meego929@aol.com or at (319) 472-4763.