Anniversary of Patsy Cline's Death
But it was that big heart that sent Cline out to Kansas City, Kansas in the first place in March 1963. She agreed to perform at a series of benefit shows on March 3, to help raise funds for the family of disc jockey Cactus Jack Call, who had been killed recently in a car accident. The benefit brought several big names from the country music world, including George Jones, George Riddle and the Jones Boys, Billy Walker, Dottie West, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and others.
The show itself went off without a hitch, with Cline closing her final set with "I'll Sail My Ship Alone." Then she bid her fans farewell with a rather chilling confession, "I've done a lot of things that I'm not happy about. And in the short time God gives us on this earth, I'm doing something about changing all that. But I sure do appreciate you sticking with me and buying my records. Y'all been good to ole Patsy!"
Cline had put on a crowd-stirring show, despite feeling a bit under the weather. She was up coughing half of the night that followed. When she met the others for breakfast in the morning, she didn't feel like eating at all. 560 miles away, in Nashville, her son Randy's cold had turned to pneumonia. Cline just wanted to get home. more on this story
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