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Patsy Cline making her debut on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (michaelwfreem@Flickr)

It was the 1950’s version of American Idol. Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts introduced talents like Tony Bennett, Lenny Bruce and Pat Boone to America. Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly both auditioned for the show but got turned down. But it proved to be the big break for a lady from Virginia with an incredible voice. Patsy Cline debuted with “Walkin’ After Midnight”, a song that went to Number 2 on the country music charts and went to Number 12 on the pop charts.

She was awarded a recording contract by the show, but because it was such a small label, she was restricted to the songs she could accept and “Walkin After Midnight” was the only hit she had for three years until she signed with Decca Records in 1960.

That’s when the hits started coming with “I Fall To Pieces”, “She’s Got You” and “Crazy” until her life was cut short in a plane crash headed to Nashville in 1963.

It was on this date in 1957 that Patsy Cline first appeared on Talent Scouts and was invited back not only to the TV show but Arthur Godfrey’s radio show too and it made her a star.


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