From the "yellow" photo session, 1963.
Picture courtesy of Jimmy Walker.
Photo by Hal Buksbaum.

Patsy Cline Achievements

This page shows the awards that Patsy has won, and other achievements that she has reached. I want to thank Jimmy Walker for contributing info and the color pictures on this page! The picture at the bottom shows Patsy's awards at the Opry Museum in Nashville. And a special thanks to Patsy's daughter Julie for contributing a great deal of the info on this page!

  • 1957: Cash Box Magazine - Most promising female country vocalist.

  • 1957: Billboard Magazine - Most promising female artist; C/W disc jockey poll.

  • 1957: Country & Western Jamboree - Best new singer.

  • 1957: Cash Box Magazine - Most programmed up and coming female C/W artist.

  • 1961: Music Reporter - Hit award for "I fall to pieces".

  • 1961: Music Vendor - Hit award for "I fall to pieces".

  • 1961: Billboard Magazine - Favorite female C/W artist.

  • 1962: Music Reporter - Hit award for "She's got you" and "Crazy".

  • 1962: Music Vendor - Hit award for "She's got you" and "Crazy".

    From the book "Honky Tonk Angel"  
    by Ellis Nassour.  
    Photo by Les Leverett.  

    From the book "Honky Tonk Angel"  
    by Ellis Nassour.  
    Photo by Les Leverett.  

  • 1962: Cash Box Magazine - Most programmed female C/W vocalist. The picture to the right shows when Patsy accepted this award at the 1962 Country Music Festival.

  • 1962: Music Reporter - Star of the year award.

  • 1962: Billboard Magazine - Favorite female C/W artist of the year.

  • 1963: Cash Box Magazine - Most programmed female C/W artist. The picture to the right shows when Patsy's five-year-old daughter Julie accepted the award for her mother, at the Country Music Festival in November 1963.

  • 1963: Billboard Magazine - Favorite female country artist of the year.

  • 1964: Billboard Magazine - "Portrait of Patsy Cline"; All time favorite country album.

  • 1973: Patsy elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tn.

  • 1980: Patsy Cline Memorial Foundation started by Hilda Hensley and Sylvia Mae Wilt.

  • 1980's: Patsy Cline Blvd in Winchester, Va.

  • 1980's: Patsy Cline Memorial Highway in Winchester, Va.

  • 1981: Elected to the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame.

  • 1981: (June) The biography "Patsy Cline" by Ellis Nassour is published.

  • 1985: The movie "Sweet Dreams" is released.
    A new edition of Ellis Nassour's biography is published.

  • 1987: Virginia Country Music Association - Award in Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution in Country Music.

  • 1989: Bell tower erected at Shenandoah Memorial Park.

  • 199?: The "Don Pierce Golden Eagle Award", presented by R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers) for International Acclaim, kind of a Lifetime Achievement Award).

  • 1992: (Jan 25) Country Music Association of America - American Eagle Award. Inducted into the Hall of Fame of America.

  • 1992: Grammy Award Recording Hall of Fame for "Crazy".

  • 1993: United States Postal Service releases a stamp commemorating Patsy.
    Always Patsy Cline Fan Club is formed.
    A new edition of Ellis Nassour's biography, now entitled "Honky Tonk Angel - The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline", is published.

  • 1994: National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Western Heritage Honoree - Patsy Cline Dick.

  • 1995: Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in Music.

  • 1996: The book "Patsy Cline - Singing Girl from Shenandoah Valley" is published.

  • 1997: MCA presented Patsy's family with a "Jukebox Award" from the AMOA (Amusement & Music Operators Association):
    Top 40 Jukebox Singles of All Time;
    #1 of all time..."Crazy".
    #17 of all time..."I Fall to Pieces".

  • 1998: North America Country Music Associations, International Hall of Fame Legendary Artist Award for "I Fall to Pieces".

  • 1999: (June) "Golden Voice Award" - Female Vocalist; Legacy category.

  • 1999: (July 19) Honored on the Virginia Legends Walk.

  • 1999: (August 3) Patsy gets inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is located at 6160 Hollywood Blvd.

  • 1999: (September) Universal Studios renames two streets on its movie lots for Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. Also, a building is named after Owen Bradley.

  • 1999: (October) Patsy ranked #11 on the VH1 Cable TV "Countdown of the 100 Greatest Women in Rock".
    The book "Love Always, Patsy Cline" by Cindy Hazen & Mike Freeman is published.

  • 2000: (April) British Country Music Awards: Country Legend Award.

  • 2000: (July) Patsy Cline Exhibit - Country Hall of Fame Museum, Nashville, TN.

  • 2000: Patsy named country radio's "Greatest Female Artist of the 20th Century" by Radio & Records Magazine.
    Patsy is honored with the "Country Legend Award" by the HMV British Country Music.

  • 2001: Grammy Hall of Fame inducts "I Fall to Pieces".

    Picture courtesy of  
    Jimmy Walker.  

  • 2002: (February) Patsy honored as a "Virginia Woman in History" by the Virginia Foundation for Women and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

  • 2002: (December) Patsy ranked #1 on the CMT cable TV "Countdown of the 40 Greatest Women in Country Music".

  • 2003: (February) The book "Remembering Patsy" Brian Mansfield is published.

  • 2003: (May) Patsy placed 4 songs on the CMT Cable TV "Countdown of the 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music": "Crazy" (#3), "I Fall to Pieces" (#6), "Sweet Dreams" (#41), & "Faded Love" (#98). Only artist to have 2 songs in the Top 10.

  • 2003: (September) "Remembering Patsy Cline" Tribute CD released. Features: Natalie Cole, Norah Jones, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Michelle Branch, Lee Ann Womack, k.d. lang, Terry Clark, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Patty Griffin, Jessi Alexander, & Martina McBride.

  • 2003: (November) Patsy Cline display at the Feltner Foundation Museum in Winchester, VA.

  • 2004: Patsy Cline is listed in the 2005 Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for having the record for the most weeks on the US Charts for an album by a female artist (of all genre): 722 weeks total, with 251 of them at #1, with "Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits".

Record sales according to RIAA:

  • "Greatest Hits" - 10 million (Sep 22, 2005).
  • "Heartaches" - Platinum (Mar 30, 2000).
  • "The Patsy Cline Collection" (4 CDs) - Platinum (Aug 10, 1998).
  • "The Patsy Cline Story" - Platinum (Jan 10, 1997).
  • "Remembering" with Jim Reeves - Gold (Jan 10, 1997).
  • "Sweet Dreams" soundtrack - Gold (Apr 02, 1987).
  • "Sweet Dreams" soundtrack - Gold (UK, 100,000).

Video sales according to RIAA:

  • "The Real Patsy Cline" - Platinum (Aug 18, 1994).

Quote from RIAA's website:

"The RIAA Gold and Platinum Awards program was launched in 1958 in an effort to create a standard by which to measure sales of a sound recording. In the beginning, there was only a Gold album award for the sale of 500,000 copies. As the industry grew, other awards were developed. The Platinum award (1,000,000 sold) was created in 1976 and with the advent of the compact disc and the subsequent increase in sales, the Multi-Platinum award was created in 1984. On March 16, 1999, the RIAA launched the Diamond Awards, honoring sales of 10 million copies or more of an album or single."

Note that this applies to the US market. In smaller countries the required number of sold copies to receive an award may be substantially lower, due to a smaller population.