‘Faded Love’: Patsy Cline’s Last Solo Country Top Tenner

In the year that we lost her, ‘Faded Love’ became Patsy’s final top ten solo single.

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It’s one of those cruel statistics that the year Patsy Cline died so tragically, 1963, was one in which she had some of the greatest success of her all-too-short career. On October 10, she peaked at No.7 on the country chart with what would be her final top ten solo single, “Faded Love.” (Main photo: the Faded Love’EP released in Australia and New Zealand in 1964).

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The country queen was taken in a plane crash in March of that year, when “Leavin’ On Your Mind” was on its way to No.8 on the country survey. The wave of grief and affection for Patsy then helped her first posthumous single, Don Gibson’s classic “Sweet Dreams (Of You),” to No.5 country.

Then in September, Decca released “Faded Love” as the next Cline 45. The song was written by a country giant of the previous generation, Bob Wills, with his father John and his brother Billy Jack. Bob’s version, with his group the Texas Playboys, had reached No.8 on the country chart in 1950, on MGM.

Patsy’s last session

Poignantly, Patsy’s version was recorded at the last studio session, in February 1963, before her death, and had been planned for her next album. The recording remained unissued on an LP until a Greatest Hits set in 1967, but meanwhile, it climbed the country survey and peaked at No.7.

Cline was not the first to revive “Faded Love”: a version by Houston-born Leon McAuliffe had reached No.22 earlier in the year. He would later cut it again, with Tompall Glaser and the Glaser Brothers, in a 1971 version that peaked in the exact same spot. By then, Elvis Presley had weighed in with his take on the song, on his Elvis Country album of 1970.

In the early 60s, it was extremely hard for even the biggest country stars to cross over to the US pop chart. Patsy only reached the Top 10 of the pop list once, with “Crazy,” and “Faded Love” peaked at No.96. We can only guess how many crossover hits she would have had in these different chart times.

“Faded Love” is on The Very Best of Patsy Cline, which can be bought here.

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  1. LuAnn

    November 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I love Patsy Cline to me she is the EPITOMY of a THE country singer. I remember distinctly the day she died, my mom and dad were both so upset, I have been a music person from the time I was born, singing from an early age, Today I am so very proud to say I am still singing, I have my own band, but have sand with many bands over the years, EVERYBODY who knows me KNOWS I love her . while performing, I sing many of her songs, and have been told by quite a few people I sound more like Patsy Cline than Patsy herself! what a compliment that is when they say that, if I live to be a 100 and are fortunate enough to still be singing I will STILL be singing Patsy, RIP I wish you knew how MEGA important you and your influence on music still today ….over 50 years

  2. Peter Higginbottom

    August 25, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    the last line of Patsy’s version always gets to me, heartbreaking.

  3. steve

    August 25, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    hearing patsy always stirs such feeling in my soul.

  4. louiscpothier

    October 12, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Patsy was a great singer and her friendship with Willie Nelson and his writing did help her career.

  5. Latenitema

    June 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    There will never be any female singer with the voice she had. She was the best!!

  6. Dutchuncle

    October 10, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Unlike the crap Country music has turned into TODAY, you can hear every word and it actually makes sense. Love this singer. Can listen to her all day long

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