1962 Patsy Cline – She’s Got You
Alan Block and Donn Hecht wrote the song Walking After Midnight for Kay Starr in 1954, but her record label had refused to accept her recording of the song. When Donn signed a songwriting contract with Four Star Records, they tasked him with finding a song for Patsy to record. Donn sold some of his furniture to pay to get a demo recorded by Lynn Howard and pitched the song to Patsy’s producer, Paul Cohen. Patsy did not want to record the song, but agreed to when they agreed to let her record another song she did like. A single got released that peaked at #2 on the Country chart and #12 on the Hot 100 in 1957.
Patsy recorded several other songs for Four Star Records, but none of them charted. She moved to Nashville in hopes of igniting her career. In 1960, she recorded the last records required by her contract with Four Star Records, neither of which charted. She also became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Patsy signed with Decca Records, and Owen Bradley produced her next few records. Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard wrote I Fall To Pieces and pitched it to Brenda Lee and several other artists, but none of them wanted to record the song. Patsy overheard one of their presentations and offered to record the song herself. Her single topped the Country chart, peaked at #12 on the Hot 100, and reached #6 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart in 1961.
Her next single that year was written by Willie Nelson. Crazy reached #2 on the Country chart and the AC chart and also reached #9 on the Hot 100.
Hank called Patsy and told her he had just written her next #1 single. She’s Got You. The single was released in January 1962, and Hank’s prediction proved to be accurate. Not only did the song top the Country chart, but it reached #3 on the AC chart and peaked at #14 on the Hot 100.
Patsy never reached the top forty on the Hot 100 again. She had two more top ten songs on the Country chart before she was killed in a plane crash in 1963.
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