Patsy Cline Performed Her Final Show March 3rd, 1963
Fifty-four years ago today, Patsy Cline performed her final show. Patsy was killed two days later on March 5th in a plane crash.
On the evening of March 3, 1963, Cline performed three benefit shows in Kansas City, Kan. Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, Dottie West, Billy Walker, George Jones and Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper also appeared at the benefit shows.
Dottie said of Cline's performance...'It seemed she sang so effortlessly. She just did it so easily.' West added. 'I remember that night that they just screamed and yelled when she did “Bill Bailey.” She sang the fire out of it — like it had never been sung. She was really happy that day.'
Weather prohibited her from flying out of Kansas City until March 5th, during which time she spent at the Town House Motor Hotel. As we know, on March 5th, Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Randy Hughes - Patsy's manager who was piloting the plane, all perished in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn., on their way back to Nashville.
Just so you know...The Patsy Cline Episode of American Masters will Air This Saturday (March 4th) on PBS. You might want to check it out!