"Crazy" for Patsy Cline
Only die-hard country music fans know a Winchester native named Virginia Hensley by her real name, for it was as Patsy Cline that she sang "Walkin' After Midnight" on the nationally televised Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts in the 1950s. The record of that song sold a million copies. Other tunes like "Crazy," "Leavin' on Your Mind," and "Imagine That" will forever be linked to Patsy Cline.
She was only 30 years old when she, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Cowboy Copas died in a plane crash in March 1963. Her body was brought home and buried in Shenandoah Memorial Park, 3 miles south of town on U.S. 522.
The Winchester/Frederick County Visitors Center distributes directions to the home at 608 S. Kent St., where she lived with her mother; Gaunt's Drug Store at Loudoun and Gerrard streets, where she worked; Handley High School at 425 Handley Blvd., where she studied; the house at 720 S. Kent St., where she married second husband Charlie Dick; and her grave.
For more information, contact Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc. (tel. 888/608-2726; www.celebratingpatsycline.org).
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