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Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn Had a Beautiful Friendship That Loretta Continues to Cherish Even after Patsy's Death

Joe Akins
Mar 18, 2020
05:30 A.M.

Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn's friendship is the kind that happens once in a lifetime and the kind that not even death and time are powerful enough to severe.

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In the early '90s, two names dominated the country music scene in Nashville. One was the late Patsy Cline, an established star in her right, and the other, Lorretta Lynn, an upcoming singer but with impressive talent.

Madame Tussauds' wax figures of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn are seen at the Lifetime Presents A Special Screening And Reception for "Patsy & Loretta" at the Franklin Theatre on October 09, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Madame Tussauds' wax figures of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn are seen at the Lifetime Presents A Special Screening And Reception for "Patsy & Loretta" at the Franklin Theatre on October 09, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

SISTERS THROUGH AND THROUGH

Patsy and Loretta connected in the most unlikely way. They met in '61 after Cline had an accident that Spring and Lynn dedicated the song, "I Fall to Pieces" to the former during an appearance on the radio show, "Midnight Jamboree." As the latter recently recalled in an interview with Closer Weekly,

"We were like sisters through and through."

Lynn co-wrote a book with her daughter, whom she named after her friend, "Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline." The book which drops in April chronicles the two years the singers were in each other's lives.

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BIGGEST FAN AND CRITIC

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The mom-of-four misses the kinship and the connection she shared with the late country star. The singer believes that Cline is with her everywhere she goes, and God will send her back to earth one day.

It also told of how the two women lifted each other, and the legacy they both created.

Lynn also told the news outlet that the deceased was her compass. The late country Hall of Famer was her friend's biggest fan and critic and was not shy to let her know when she did something wrong.

A MENTOR AND BENEFACTOR

Cline had been in the music business before the "Coal Miner's Daughter" author and took the latter on tour with her at the beginning of their friendship. The late singer was the country star's mentor, who taught her what she knew about music.

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Beyond the music, the deceased often gave Lynn clothes, paid her rent, and put food on her table. The former always cooked for the latter and gave her her first boiled shrimp.

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BEYOND THE GRAVE

The two created a lot of memories and would have continued to do so had Cline not passed away in '63. She died in a plane crash at the age of 30.

After the singer's death, Lynn found ways to honor her friend. In '77, she selected a few of the deceased songs, and recorded a tribute album titled, "I Remember Patsy."

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In 2019, Lifetime paid homage to the friendship between the country legends with the biopic, "Patsy and Lorretta." The movie covered how the women rose to fame and the challenges they faced.

It also told of how the two women lifted each other, and the legacy they both created. Cline might have died too young, but her friendship with Lynn transcends the grave and continues to inspire many across the world.

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