News from 2000
December 2000: Don't miss out on this great
limited earrings and book offer from Ellis Nassour, just in time for Christmas!
December 2000: If you haven't read this story,
please do! It reflects the powerful healing influence that Patsy has. Click
read it! The link comes from Jim Gibbons. Thanks!
November 2000: I have included a new picture of
Patsy. It is a concert photo from Kansas City in 1958. Click
here to see it! The photo is courtesy of Mary
November 2000: On the Grand Ole Opry, on
Thanksgiving night (whenever that is), Trisha Yearwood will be performing a
tribute to Patsy! She will be singing "Crazy" and "I fall to pieces", and
Vince Gill will join her in "Walking after midnight". Tune in to the show on
CBS-TV from 9 to 11 ET/PT! Info from the Country Music Classics mailing list,
via Bill Cox. Thanks!
November 2000: Info from Lee at
"Mandy will be appearing on all 3 of the Grand Ole Opry shows this coming
weekend... Friday, November 24th, 7:30-8:00 pm; Saturday, November 25th,
7:00-7:30 pm and 9:30-10:00 pm. The performances will be broadcast on WSM AM
650 radio, so listen there if you live within range, and all shows are also
carried live on the Internet,
here. The Opry
says this weekend begins their Holiday season, so who knows, we may even get
treated to a Christmas song from Mandy!" Thanks, Lee!
November 2000: The Winchester Star has a new
article in which the possible Patsy Cline museum is mentioned. Click
read the article. The link came from Phil Hunter. Thanks!
November 2000: Off-topic: Michaela Olofsson, the very
talented artist from whom I have purchased several watercolor paintings and
pencil drawings inspired by the wonderful musical "Cats", has given me the
honor of hosting her homepage in my server! If you are at all interested in
"Cats", please visit her homepage, and sign her guestbook! She also has several
items for sale! The address is
http://www.patsy.nu/michaela/ or her V3 URL, which
is http://surf.to/carbucketty. And if
you want to see the pictures I have purchased, click
October 2000: My radio station, "PJ's All-time
Country", hosted by Radio.Sonicnet, is back! Click
listen to it while you surf!
October 2000: I have installed another game here
at the site. Previously I have only had the Memory game,
but now I also have a Tile game! Try it out! Note that the
two buttons, "Start new game" and "Solve it for me", currently work only in
browser to play the games!
October 2000: According to Mel Dick of Always
Patsy Cline Fan Club, Patsy's gravemarker at the Shenandoah Memorial Park
will be replaced in 2001. Details about this will be released through the fan
This info comes from Phil Hunter in Winchester. Thanks!
October 2000: For info about the book "Love Always,
Patsy", and the exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, go to the authors'
October 2000: The show "Always... Patsy Cline"
will be performed at the Actors Guild Playhouse in Parkersburg, WV, during
November. Click here for
more info. The link came from Jim "Sunny" Sundquist. Thanks!
October 2000: Mandy Barnett has been nominated
for the "Female Vocalist of the Year" award in the annual Nashville Music
Awards. EVERYONE who lives in "Davidson and surrounding counties" near
Nashville, Tennessee is eligible to vote for the winner of this award. If you
live near Nashville (they ask your address to prove it) PLEASE take a moment to
place your vote for Mandy! The info comes from Lee at
October 2000: You can read a transcript of a chat
session with Loretta Lynn if you click
Patsy is mentioned several times. The link came from Bill Cox. Thanks!
September 2000: A new article in The Winchester
Star mentions Patsy. Click
read it. The link came from Linda Cunningham. Thanks!
September 2000: The Springer Opera House in
Columbus, GA, will go on tour with "A closer walk with Patsy Cline", starring
Morgan Sturges as Patsy. Click
here to go to Morgan's
website. There you have pictures of Morgan as Patsy, and a list of tour dates.
The info comes from Rob Lindley. Thanks!
September 2000: Lisa Flood has found a
article on the web, about Patsy and Hank Williams. Lisa is mentioned in the
article, and there is also a link to her website,
Patsified! (even though
the link doesn't work, for some reason). Way to go, Lisa!
September 2000: Two new articles about Patsy are
available in the Winchester Star:
Cline celebrated" and
back with Patsy".
September 2000: I have now obtained a copy of the
15 minute BBC show "Rock Shrines" about Patsy, from Kate Patten! Thanks, Kate!
There is no reporter asking questions in the programme, and there is no
narration. Ordinary people (some who met Patsy in person, and some who didn't),
who visited Patsy's grave on March 5th, 2000, are telling us about what a
fantastic person Patsy was, and how much she means to them, and that they
wanted to pay their respects on the date of her death. You see a little of
Patsy singing "Crazy" and "Lovesick Blues", and of course a lot of stills, and
there are some newly taken sequences from Winchester, for example the exterior
of the 608 S.Kent Street home, and from inside Gaunt's Drug Store, where Patsy
worked. I don't particularly like the camera technique used in some sequences,
but that's my subjective point of view. Bud Armel, who sadly died shortly after
the filming of this programme, and Phil Hunter, participates in the programme,
as well as a cast of "Always Patsy Cline", but I don't know their names. There
are no names shown, except for Bud Armel. You also see some stills from the
crash site, and from the funeral. Even though you see people talking about
Patsy at her grave site, I don't find this programme to be disrespectful to
Patsy in any way. All the people who participate show great love and respect
September 2000: There is a new article about
Patsy in the Winchester Star. Click
The link came from Linda Cunningham. Thanks!
September 2000: Loretta Lynn, and eleven other
country stars, are involved in a new book that features childhood stories.
The info comes from Jason Wells at
& Schuster Children's Publishing. Thanks!
August 2000: Info from Carl Sperr:
"MARTINA MCBRIDE TO PLAY PATSY CLINE - Martina McBride's management office has
confirmed that Martina has been cast to play the part of Patsy Cline in a new
IMAX film, tentatively called 'The Legends of Country'. Details were few, but
Martina is scheduled to be on the movie set on September 8(!) to begin
production. Meanwhile, Martina will be busy next week working on a CMT video
bio set to air in the coming months. On October 21, the singer will appear on
'A Golden Moment' at the Arena in Oakland, California. Kristi Yamaguchi will be
skating to Martina's 'There You Are'. The show will air November 24 on CBS.
This weekend, Martina will be playing the Grand Ole Opry on both Friday and
Saturday nights." Thanks, Carl! Visit Martina's
August 2000: There is an article about Patsy in the
Info from Jimmy Walker. Thanks!
August 2000: Info from Roberto:
"The Alhambra Dinner Theatre in Jacksonville, FL is opening the "A closer walk
with Patsy Cline" a biographical music review, this Friday at 8:00 pm. The show
stars Gail Bliss, who captures the spark, spice, and passion of Patsy. Her
gestures, inflection, and voice are amazing. We are excited that Patsy's
husband Charlie Dick will be attending the Gala opening. Ms. Bliss and Mr. Dick
have been friends for several years, and Mr. Dick truly feels Gail Bliss does
real justice to his wife, and her legacy." Thanks, Roberto! For more
info, go to
August 2000: According to Lisa Flood at the
Patsy's old home at 608 S. Kent Street in Winchester is for sale! Click
more info! Thanks, Lisa!
July 2000: Country.com has made a news story
about the new Patsy Cline exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame. Click
read it! Info from Jimmy Walker. Thanks!
July 2000: Info from Kate Patten at BBC:
"I just wanted to write to update you on our film on Patsy Cline for the BBC
series Rock Shrines. The fifteen minute film is now edited and we are very
pleased with how it looks. Unfortunately we weren't able to include everyone
we interviewed, but all in all I think the film gives a very good impression of
the day in March as a whole. The Rock Shrines series has just kicked off in the
UK, and our film on Patsy will be transmitted on Tuesday 1st August at 20.00 on
the BBC digital channel BBC Choice. There will be repeat showings at later
dates. So let any of your friends in the UK know. We have had very good reviews
in the newspapers, which is pleasing." Thanks, Kate!
July 2000: The Winchester Star has a new article
about Patsy. Click
read it! Info from Jimmy Walker. Thanks!
July 2000: Info from Lee at
"Well... this is the TV broadcast MandyFans have been waiting for. The
'Sessions at West 54th' TV show will be aired within the next 2 weeks!
Last July, Mandy Barnett did a special concert for the 'Sessions at West
54th' PBS television series in New York City. She brought along her expert
band, and performed all her 'I've Got A Right To Cry' songs and more. The
performance was professionally filmed, and we've been hoping for it to air
since then. They have a busy schedule on their series, but it is now scheduled
to be shown. PBS stations around the U.S. can choose to carry this show, or
not. They have some flexibility as to when they each exactly broadcast the
show... Some will show it this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, July 14th, 15th or
16th. Some will not show it until NEXT weekend, the 21st, 22nd, or 23rd.
Stations usually air it rather late in the evening, 10:00pm, 11:00pm, etc.
To find out if your local PBS station will be showing it, and exactly when
it will air, consult your local TV listings, and/or visit the 'Sessions'
They have a great website, with lots of info about the concert, including a
picture, the band credits, the set list they'll be broadcasting, etc. I
definitely recommend visitng their site before the show airs." Thanks,
July 2000: Go to the
Fan Club website to
read about this year's Labor Day Weekend activities!
June 2000: Information from Judy Sue at the
Winchester Chamber of Commerce, via Jimmy Walker:
"Patsy has been invited to be a part of the Preservation of Historic Winchester
Summer Camp which is a big feather in our cap --- To be recognized by PHW and
to be wanted to be part of such a camp is so exciting, and then Patsy has been
invited to be part of The Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon and Wine Festival
--- About 30,000 people come to this event in this area, and Patsy was invited
to set up a booth and to sell items and to spread the word about her to those
who do not know that she is from Winchester --- So exciting!!! At last people
in this area are asking for Patsy!!!!!!!" Thanks, guys!
June 2000: The Tennessean has a new article about
Mandy Barnett and "Always... Patsy Cline". Click
here to go
there. On Sat July 1st, TNN's "Backstage at the Opry" is to feature a story on
the new Patsy exhibit. July 14th thru July 21st, PBS stations will be airing
sessions with Mandy Barnett. Check with the program managers for correct date
and time. The info comes from Jimmy Walker. Thanks!
June 2000: Three new articles are now available
on the net: One about Patsy,
one about Mandy
Barnett and "Always... Patsy Cline", and one about
The Opry broadcasting
on the net. The links come from Mike Tarcan. Thanks!
June 2000: "Always...Patsy Cline" will be
performed at the Cincinnati Playhouse, July 5-16, starring Molly Andrews and
June 2000: Info from Jimmy Cee:
"The Grand Ole Opry announced they will broadcast live online starting this
weekend Sat. June 17 at www.opry.com. First
show at 6:30 PM CST. Loretta Lynn is in the 8:30 to 9:00 and 10:00 to 10:30
shows." Thanks, Jimmy! The broadcasts will also be available at
June 2000: "Always...Patsy Cline" is starting on June 15 at the
Ryman in Nashville, and starring the original cast members Mandy Barnett as
Patsy and Tere Myers as Louise! The info comes from Kathy Allmand at FrontPage
June 2000: News from the Mandy Music mailing list:
"Jimmy Cee and Betty kindly alert us that Mandy Barnett will be on the
Grand Ole Opry this coming Friday and Saturday nights, June 2nd and 3rd.
On Friday she will perform on the 7:30 to 8:00 segment, and Saturday on
the 7:30 to 8:00 and 9:30 to 10:00 segments. All performances are carried
live on WSM AM radio, if you're anywhere within their large listening area.
BUT, the first Saturday segment is the one broadcasted live on cable TV
channel TNN, so we'll all get another chance to see Mandy perform live on TV!
All times are Central, so check your local listings for what time the Opry is
shown on TNN n your area. Also, immediately before the live broadcast is the
'Opry Backstage' interview show. You might want to tune in to that to see if
they chat with Mandy, they have had her on many times in the past." The
info came via Jimmy Walker. Thanks!
May 2000: You can watch a fabulous video tribute
It features the song "Crazy" and pictures from the various Patsy Cline sites on
the net. You must have Netscape v4.0 or later, or Internet Explorer v4.0 or
later, to view the video clip. The info comes from Bill Cox. Thanks!
May 2000: Information from Martie Bell at the
Camden Chamber of Commerce, regarding the annual Folklife & Music Festival:
"Date: October 6 & 7; Place: City Park, Camden, TN. The Patsy Cline
Sing-alike contest will start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, the 7th. We are trying
to get Little Jimmy Dickens to come down and do a show during the break the
contestants have before the finalists are announced. We are also going to have
a Celebrity Auction to raise money to refurbish the Patsy Cline Crash Site. We
have people who have agreed to come in and build an overlook and give the place
a new look in order to attract more tourists (and also to stop the risk of
injury should someone fall down that very bad hill). Should anyone in the Fan
Club like to furnish something of Patsy's to auction off for this good cause,
please contact me here at the Chamber or
at home." This info
came via Jimmy Walker. Thanks!
May 2000: After Jimmy Walker made me aware of
the fact that Sissy Spacek has made an album of her own, I tried to locate a
copy, and I found one at Buckaroo
Records! It is a good country/rock/pop album, and it's nice to have it!
May 2000: Information from Keith Wright:
"A new exhibit is beginning this month at The Country Music Hall of Fame and
Museum in Nashville, TN. It is called 'Love Always, Patsy: Letters From The
Jewelry Box' and it will feature some of the actual letters recently published
in the book 'Love Always, Patsy'. In addition there will be other Patsy Cline
artifacts including her hairbrush and one of her cowgirl dresses, plus much
more. This unprecedented look at the life of Patsy Cline is the first to ever
tell her story through her own words." Keith is the Marketing Manager
at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Thanks!
May 2000: Mandy Barnett will
be on Face the
Music Videos on CMT on May 13th! Info from Jimmy Walker. Thanks!
May 2000: A handwritten letter by Patsy Cline,
to Treva Miller, is for sale at Ebay! Click
go there! The info comes from Melanie Walen. Thanks!
April 2000: On April 28 the old domain name
"nola.ovik.se" stops working. This means that those of you who are sending me
mail at "firstname.lastname@example.org" must change that to "email@example.com".
Thanks in advance!
April 2000: A&E have scheduled the following
biography programs for the month of May:
May 08 - Reba McEntire
May 09 - The Judds
May 10 - Barbara Mandrell
May 11 - Tammy Wynette
May 12 - Loretta Lynn
May 13 - Patsy Cline
The info comes from J. Kalin and Carl Sperr. Thanks!
April 2000: Sad news from Nashville:
"Neal Matthews, famed member of The Jordanaires Quartet, suffered a massive
heart attack and passed away last night, April 21st., between 9-9:30 p.m., at
his Nashville home. A member of the legendary quartet since 1953, Neal's
contribution to the music world is immeasurable. Best known for his legendary
vocal arrangements, he's also given credit for creating the 'Nashville
Numbering System', a musical shorthand that played a very important role in the
growth and development of the 'Nashville Sound'. He will be greatly missed.
Neal was 70. Viewing Services will be held at the Brentwood Funeral Home, 9010
Church St. East, Brentwood Tn. 37027, on Sunday (4/23) from 3-7pm, and in the
afternoon on Monday (4/24). Memorial services will be held at 11am, on Tuesday
(4/25), at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 222 Belle Meade Blvd., Nashville Tn.
37205. The info comes from Jimmy Cee. Thanks!
April 2000: A Patsy Cline dress is for sale at
Ebay! Click here and enter "patsy cline
dress" in the search box. I hope it is authentic... Patsy's daughter Julie is
checking it out, and hopefully we will get more info from her.
April 2000: Some very sad news from Phil Hunter
Marvin E. "Bud" Armel, 71, of Woodland Avenue, Winchester, died Friday, April
14, 2000, in the Winchester Medical Center. "Bud" was a well-known area country
guitarist and had played with Patsy Cline in the 1950's with the Kountry
Kracker Band. He was also well-known for his hand-made instruments, both
full-size and miniatures. He was the founder of the annual Kountry Kracker
Reunion and Dance that was held on Saturday night of Labor Day Weekend. "Bud"
had been an active boardmember of Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc. CPC, Inc.,
was set up by the local Chamber of Commerce to establish a museum in
Winchester in honor of Patsy Cline.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16th, in the Jones Funeral Home,
with the Rev. Donald Jones officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia United
Methodist Cemetery, Stephens City, Virginia. Pallbearers will be musicians that
played in bands with "Bud". They include: Roy Dixon III, Tommy Reynolds, Jim
Unger, Sonny Lonas, Clyde Miller, Ronnie Flook, and Roger Strosnider. The
family will receive friends from 7 to 9 on April 15th at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc., 1360 S. Pleasant Valley
Road, Winchester, VA 22601, U.S.A. Thanks, Phil!
News from Linda, Always Patsy Cline representative for Wales, UK:
"Hi Friends. Just to let you know we are doing a Tribute to Patsy evening
on April 7th at the Pondarosa Club here in Wales, UK. The singer we have
doing Patsy is Amanda Norman Sell, the winner of the BBC series 'Stars in
their eyes'. It's a program where a contestant takes off a well known singer.
The series was televised all over the country. We will be having a visitor
from the States to join us on this very special evening. I will let you all
know how it all goes." Thanks, Linda!
March 2000: Off-topic mode on: Would you be
interested in art inspired by the fantastic musical "Cats"? I have recently
purchased two watercolor paintings made by Michaela Olofsson, currently a
student at the High School where I work, and she is a very talented artist
indeed! Click here to
go to my personal homepage and look at my two paintings! From there you can
go on to Michaela's homepage and look at more of her work. She also has some
items for sale there! By the way, Michaela went to London last weekend, to
watch "Cats" for the fifth time... Off-topic mode off.
March 2000: Bill Cox found an article about Leon
Kagarise, a man who has recorded hundreds of hours of live rock, jazz and
country music during the fifties and early sixties, including Patsy! This man
is fantastic! Click
read the incredible story! Maybe we can hope for more concert recordings with
Patsy to be released sometime in the future! This is exciting! Thanks, Bill!
March 2000: Information from Phil Hunter in
"A British (BBC), 4-person TV crew spent the weekend in Winchester
shooting footage of Gaunt's Drug Store, the G&M Music Center, Kent Street,
and Patsy's gravesite. The Patsy Cline documentary will be one in a series
of BBC shows titled, 'Rock Shrines'. Other artists will include John
Lennon and Buddy Holly. Each show will have fan tributes filmed on the
anniversary of the music legend's death. Many local fans including myself
were interviewed by the show's producer, Jamie Goold. The Assistant
Producer, Kate Patten, indicated that the show should air in England in
August of this year... There is also a chance the show will be aired at a
later date on a U.S. cable channel. I gave Kate a 'Patsy' calendar on
behalf of our museum project, Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc. I also gave
the crew copies of my booklets, 'Crazy Over Patsy'. I gave them
permission to use two photographs of Patsy's burial service that were in
my 1999 edition... These have not been released to any media previously...
I purchased three photographs of her burial service at an estate sale in
1998. For more information on the BBC crew's visit see:
6th)." Thanks, Phil!
February 2000: Singer and songwriter Carolyn
Richards has been performing her show "Tribute to Patsy Cline" for several
years, and now she has recorded it on CD and cassette! Click
here to go to her
website. You can listen to samples of the songs there!
February 2000: A relatively new site,
Nashville Country, has an
article about Patsy. Click on the "Legends" link. Then you'll see an article
about Kitty Wells. Scroll down and choose Patsy in the "Legends Archives"
pick list. Next month Owen Bradley will be featured!
February 2000: Sandra Salling has sent me a
picture of Patsy that none of you have seen before! It shows Sandra and Patsy
together at the Big "D" Jamboree in Dallas, Texas, on Sep 15, 1962. Sandra
also includes a picture of the program from that day. Click
here to see the pictures! Thank you very much,
Sandra! A new picture of Patsy is always a major event!
February 2000: A few more pictures have been
added to the Books and Videos page, courtesy of
Joan Searson and Bill Cox. Thanks!
January 2000: Billboard Online has an article
about Patsy. Click here to
read it. The link comes from Melanie Walen. Thanks!
January 2000: Information from David Stein:
"My company is presenting 'Always Patsy Cline' at The Claridge Hotel and
Casino in Atlantic City starting Jan 24 and running for 9 weeks. The
shows are Monday-Sunday with Saturday dark. It stars Jeanie Seely and
Terri Wilson. It's wonderful. Tickets can be bought through any
Ticketmaster location or contact the Claridge direct". Thanks, David!
January 2000: Dish Magazine has an article about
the book "Love
always, Patsy"! And if you haven't done it, also read their previous
article about Patsy
and Charlie! The info comes from Patricia Gear at Dish Magazine. Thanks!
January 2000: Mandy Barnett has agreed to return
for another period at the Ryman as Patsy in the show "Always Patsy Cline". She
will do the show between June 15 and August 12, 2000. This is great news! When
I write this it has not been confirmed whether Tere Myers will return as
Louise Seger or not. Tickets for the show and the Ryman's other shows this
season go on sale Saturday, January 22. "Always Patsy Cline" tickets are
$15 - $30, children 4-11 are half-price. For tickets, call 615-889-3060. The
info comes from the Mandy Barnett mailing
January 2000: Erica Dawn Synowsky, who has
written a few entries in the Fan Forum, and mentioned
that she has made recordings of some of Patsy's songs (and a few others), sent
me a tape containing her recordings. This girl can sing! I have made a special
page for her, here at the site, because I think she is worth all the
appreciation she can get, and I hope that she will make a singing career in
the future. On Erica's page you can read her own story,
and listen to samples of her recordings. The samples are all in MP3 format.
January 2000: Lisa Flood at
Patsified! has been
interviewed about Patsy by the San Antonio Express News! Click
here to read the
article. Way to go, Lisa! Dish Magazine has an
about Patsy and Charlie, by Sandra Schulman. And People Magazine has a review
of the book "Love Always, Patsy" by Mike Freeman and Cindy Hazen.