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How Patsy Cline balanced home life and commercial success


Despite growing commercial success and a rigorous schedule, Patsy Cline continued to manage her household herself. Even as “Crazy” rocketed to the top of the charts in 1962, she balanced domestic duties like cooking, cleaning and raising her children with all of the demands of life as a performing artist.


Letter,after letter, after letter, you hear about her, you know, coming off the road and and having played all these shows for fans, and then walking into the house and having to hurry and fix dinner or hurry and attend to to all of these domestic duties. She certainly didn't have people doing that kind of stuff for her. We didn't know anything about tour buses, or nannies on the road, or entourages and all this stuff. [cline singing ] 'You made me love you.'

1962 was a big year: touring, charting, and multiple awards. She dethrones Kitty Wells for the second year in a row, started out with a number one hit, and released her third album. 'Crazy' flew to the top of the charts. They get a check from DECCA for $22,000 and put a down payment on their dream house. A rare gig for country acts, she performs with Johnny Cash at the Hollywood Bowl. Radio dj's are playing her music, and as the year comes to an end, Randy Hughes has her booked into The Mint casino in Las Vegas for an unprecedented 35 nights and a good salary.


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