Stories from 2004
"My name is Kimberly 'Kimmie' Rosenthal and I'm 33 years old. I first started listening to
Patsy as a child living with my Aunt in Baltimore, Maryland. She worked for Decca Records
in the mid sixties and Patsy was already deceased by the time she started with them. She
had ALL of Patsy's albums and even had a set for my Grandmother. Anyhow, she would play
them and I would listen. I knew all of her songs by the age of 5 or 6. I've NEVER ever
heard another person come close to her voice. I have her CD box set and I bought one for
my Aunt since when we moved she basically lost her albums. I loved the movie 'Sweet Dreams'
and I think Jessica Lange did a wonderful job. My Grandmother once told me that she played
her 45 of 'Dear God' over and over and someone called the cops! My Aunt's name is Virginia
and she never knew, in fact, I don't think she knows that Patsy's first name was Virginia.
Kimberly Rosenthal, Dec 30, 2004.
"My name is Patricia Voichahoske Lehman, and I turn sixty this year. Now I'm called Tish,
but as a child I was always Patsy. I loved Patsy Cline first because she was my namesake.
I lived on a dryland farm in Nebraska, and loved to go out in the full moon "Walking After
Midnight", alone or with with my brothers, sisters, cats and dogs, singing that lonely
song in the open countryside, regretting only that there was no weeping willow in that
part of the state. That was one of the first songs I taught my own daughter.
I wandered around in the pasture writing songs I hoped Patsy would record.
Patsy's death during my senior year of high school shocked me. Between her fate and Buddy
Holly's, it's amazing I've ever gotten into an airplane. Now, more than 40 years later,
I am astonished by the range of her voice and her emotions. As I child I seemed to hear
only the longing, sorrowing songs (which I still love to listen to, although my heart
hasn't been broken in 40 years), but now I love all of them. The rollicking wit of "you'll
love me too -- not Sue", the despair of "Two Cigarettes in an Ashtray", the cockeyed
persistence of "Crazy Arms", the heart of "Crazy"... That woman just couldn't do a bad
job on a song. How could she do it all so young? I'm so grateful for the recording
industry, that lets me still listen."
Patricia Voichahoske Lehman, Jul 13, 2004.
"My name is Carrie Aubin. I am 20 years old and live in Martinsburg West Virginia.
I became a Patsy Cline fan when I was fifteen. I became interested in her when I saw
'Coal Miner's Daughter'. I had just broken up with my boyfriend and was very heartbroken.
Just when I though no one understood me, Patsy was there for me. Her songs of love and
heartaches let me know that I was not the only one that had ever felt this way. Her music
helped me to get through my first heartache. I have loved her ever since.
I have many Patsy Cline souvenirs and probably every song that has ever been recorded by
her. I watch 'Sweet Dreams' several times a week and I have met her daughter and
grand-daughter, and Charlie Dick. I have been to her grave many times and the house she
lived in on Kent street. I have even been to her birthplace in Gore. I have been to the
labor day weekend Patsy Cline festival, the Apple Blossom festival in 2001 when Patsy was
the theme and anywhere else I can think of to go where Patsy may have been. Just to stand
somewhere where Patsy may have stood makes me feel so good to know that my feet may have
touched the same place as Patsy's at one time. I just love her sooooo much and cannot get
enough of her. Some people think I'm crazy, I say im just crazy for Patsy Cline!!!!"
Carrie Aubin, May 25, 2004.
"My name is Kim Hinze and my father's family is from Winchester, VA. I am a third cousin
to Patsy Cline. My husband and I sing Country Gospel music and in May last year received
permission and the rights to perform and record a gospel version of 'Crazy' renamed 'Jesus'.
My husband on many occasions had heard me singing Patsy's songs and knew I wanted to sing
them in our concerts. He rewrote gospel words to 'Crazy' and with the permission from Sony
and royalties paid to the Fox Agency in New York, we released it at Country and Country
Gospel radio stations worldwide. It was a dream come true for me, as I had this desire for
many years. The song hit the charts at #78 and as of February is still on the Country
Gospel charts. This was not done to take away from the original song but as a dedication
and memoriam to Patsy. I have many people where we sing give me memorabilia on Patsy as
well as records. I treasure my Patsy collections as much as the memories I still share
with my relatives when I am in Winchester. In many of our other concerts I do her original
music and I am always singing with her recordings in the car. Many people have remarked
on how much we look alike and the most wonderful comments were 'you sound just like her'.
That is an honor I will always treasure. I am thankful that talent runs in the family."
Kimberly Miller-Hinze, Feb 17, 2004.
"Hey, I found Patsy with 'Sweet Dreams'. Iíd had friends who liked her, but wasnít a
fan till the movie. Now I canít get enough of her. She is the most amazing female singer
Iíve heard and living in Los Angeles you hear a lot. Her music stretches across all
genres and can reach anybody who is tune with REAL music. You really hear Patsy in her
songs, not just the song."
Mary Tiwari, Feb 17, 2004.