Lead: In 1963, thirty-year-old Patsy Cline, at the top of her game, at the pinnacle of success, died on the way home in an airplane accident in stormy weather just 90 miles from Nashville. 

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: By the 1950s, country music was making its place in the world, but it was still a male-dominated conclave. All of this began to change in 1957 when a little lady from Winchester, Virginia won the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show. Patsy Cline reached the top of the country charts with “Walking After Midnight” and then the song crossed over and became a mainstream popular music smash. She sold millions of records in her brief career and raised the visibility of and respect for female country music artists. Soon she was performing regularly at the Grand Ole Opry and was the first female country music star to sing at Carnegie Hall. She is considered one of the finest vocalists of the twentieth century, changing more than just the bottom line. Cline shocked the conservative country music establishment when she gave up cowgirl boots and tassels and started wearing sexy cocktail dresses and heavy makeup.

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