Footage Resurfaces From Patsy Cline’s Last Televised Performance

Patsy Cline is pictured here singing

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Patsy Cline’s Last Televised Performance Occurred Just Days Before She Died

Patsy Cline participated in her last televised performance mere days before she lost her life in a plane crash on March 5, 1963. She was only 30 years old at the time of her death.

Cline’s manager Randy Hughes (who was also the pilot) and fellow Grand Ole Opry stars Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas lost their lives in the crash as well.

When Cline died, she was already considered to be a country music icon. Other artists admired and looked up to her, including Dottie West and Loretta Lynn.

In the years that have passed since Cline’s tragic death, her influence remains strong. Many of today’s female country stars cite her as one of their musical heroes.


Patsy Cline's last televised performance occurred just days before she died in a plane crash at the age of 30.
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Video Resurfaces Showcasing Cline Singing For The Last Time On TV

Because Cline passed away at such a young age, there aren’t many videos of her performing live. Thankfully, footage from a historically important performance of hers resurfaced on YouTube a few years ago.

The footage comes from what ended up being Cline’s last televised performance. Some date Cline’s appearance to February 23, 1963. Other reports state she appeared on the program on February 28, 1963.

Regardless, Cline performed on The Glenn Reeves Show just days before she passed away. She performed two songs that day, “San Antonio Rose” and “I Fall to Pieces.”

Look at the video above to see Cline sing “San Antonio Rose” during her final televised performance. Then, tune in to the video below to watch her performance of her first #1 song, “I Fall to Pieces,” from the same program.

Watching Cline sing in these videos, it’s hard to believe the world lost her just a few days later. But today, her legacy lives on through these performances and the timeless songs she left behind.