Patsy Cline’s third album. Sentimentally Yours, was the last to be issued during her lifetime (she was killed in a plane crash in March 1963, less than a year after the albums release). Produced by Owen Bradley at his studio in Nashville, Sentimentally Yours was released on 7 August 1962 on the Decca label and ran for under 30 minutes with six songs on each side of the long playing record.
Patsy had begun recording the record in August 1961, finishing it in February 1962. She recorded ‘She’s Got You’ the opening track on the album on 17 December ’61 and it became the first single from the album when it was released in February. ‘She’s Got You’ went on to top the Billboard Country charts for 5 weeks, her second No.1 after ‘I Fall To Pieces’ in late spring of 1961. ‘She’s Got You’ also made No.14 on the Billboard Pop chart and it became Patsy’s first hit single in the UK.
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‘She’s Got You’ is one of only two new songs on the album, the others are all covers, including two from Hank Williams, among them a lovely version of ‘Your Cheatin Heart’. Patsy gives a great reading of Jo Stafford’s ‘You Belong to Me’ and Rosemary Clooney’s ‘Half As Much’. ‘Any Time’ dates from 1924 and was originally released by Emmett Miller, the singer who was such a huge influence on Hank Williams, Bob Wills and Merle Haggard. The standout track is ‘Lonely Street’ a beautiful ballad that is deserving of much wider recognition. The musicians on the record are the cream of Nashville’s session players including Floyd Cramer on organ, Buddy Harman, the Grand Ole Opry’s first drummer and the Jordanaires provide backing vocals.
Her second single from the album was ‘Heartaches’ a song that dated from 1931 and had been a hit for Ted Weems and his Orchestra and later for Harry James and his band. In 1961 the Marcels covered it as their follow up to their huge doo-wop hit, ‘Blue Moon’. Patsy’s version did not make the country charts but reached No.73 on the American Hot 100, it also got to No.31 in the UK and was the last hit single in Britain during Patsy’s lifetime. The move to standards, rather than out and out Country records was a conscious decision to appeal to a broader market.
There have been dozens of Patsy Cline compilations issued over the years but it is so rewarding to go back and listen to original albums as they were conceived. The running order is thought through, the track selection perfect and the whole feel of this record is 30 minutes of pure country magic…with some great pop thrown in for good measure.
Patsy Cline’s Sentimentally Yours can be bought here.